No break a big break for Quinton Pointer

There was some good news on the injury front for the UNLV football team on Wednesday afternoon. That's if you can call losing your top cornerback for "only" two to four weeks "good" news.

Starting cornerback Quinton Pointer was carted off the field and taken to a hospital in an ambulance with a dislocated elbow during the downer of a morning practice at Rebel Park. But X-rays taken of the injury showed no bone breaks or serious ligament damage and Pointer's elbow was popped back into place.

UNLV head coach Mike Sanford said that Pointer was likely be sidelined "two to four weeks" which means he could be ready for the Aug. 30 season opener against Utah State.

It was originally feared that Pointer may have to have surgery following the freak injury which occurred when he landed awkwardly after a collision with a teammate during a pass coverage drill. Two ambulances and a fire truck converged on the Rebel Park practice field after the injury and Pointer was carted off to the hospital.

"It's good news," Sanford said before UNLV's Wednesday night practice. "It could have been a lot worse. … This actually may help us a little in one way because we were trying to figure out our depth at the corner position. This will allow some other players to get more practices reps until Quinton returns."


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