Huskies Healing as They Prepare for Rutgers

The good news about injured players is that they eventually heal. Such is the case with the UConn football team, which was staggered by the loss of five regular contributors during a 28-17 loss at Cincinnati last Saturday.

Heading into Saturday's Big East showdown at Rentschler Field against Rutgers, UConn may be getting some reinforcements. Coach Randy Edsall said today that linebacker Danny Lansanah, defensive end Dan Davis, and wide receiver Brandon Young all are probable to face the Scarlet Knights.

Davis hurt his ankle in UConn's 47-13 victory at Army on Oct. 1 and hasn't played since. Young went down with an ankle injury of his own in the Huskies' 26-7 win over Syracuse on Oct. 7. Lansanah left last Saturday's game with the latest in a succession of shoulder/neck stingers.

Dennis Brown, a true freshman quarterback out of Miami, will make his first career start Saturday. His tenure atop the depth chart may be short-lived, however. Edsall said today that redshirt freshman D.J. Hernandez, who suffered a cracked bone in his left wrist at Cincinnati, could start "doing things" on the practice field nine days after his surgery, which took place Monday in Hartford. That could put Hernandez on track to start when UConn returns to action Nov. 2 at West Virginia.

The rest of the news on the injury front remains unchanged. Kick returner Larry Taylor (knee) is out for the season. MIddle linebacker Taurien Sowell (ankle), cornerback Ernest Cole (broken arm), and quarterback Matt Bonislawski (collarbone) are out indefinitely, perhaps for the season.

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