A turn for worse on Cougs' injury front

PULLMAN -- Two Cougar defenders who've missed the team's first two practices of the spring for undisclosed reasons will be out the entire session, Cougfan.com has learned from sources close to the program. Meanwhile, the injury status of a third defensive player remains unclear, while a wide receiver's spring may be uncertain after he was taken to the hospital over the weekend.

The Daily Evergreen reported over the weekend that third-year sophomore receiver Mansel Simmons was taken to Pullman Regional Hospital and then transported to Spokane after being punched in the face at a party. A suspect allegedly pulled a knife prior to punching him, said Pullman Police, who believe the suspect is a football player at either Idaho or WSU.

Meanwhile, on the field, junior BUCK linebacker Logan Mayes and second-year freshman cornerback Alex Jackson will miss the remainder of the spring with injuries. Neither was active in the team's first two practices of the spring.

Mayes is nursing a right leg injury, but is expected to return in August when fall camp opens. Jackson injured his shoulder during the offseason, and will avoid contact drills this spring. He also is expected to be back at full strength for fall camp.

WSU does not comment on injuries and no other details were available.

They join sophomore defensive lineman Destiny Vaeao who will be held out of contact drills. Vaeao, as CF.C reported last month, had offseason shoulder surgery and is rehabbing it for the remainder of the spring.

In addition, redshirt freshman lineman Robert Barber is still rehabbing a knee injury he sustained last August, and his status for the remainder of this spring remains unclear.

As for Mayes and Jackson, neither of their absences was expected or even rumored in the lead up to spring practices.

Jackson's loss makes an already thin cornerback position that much tighter. His absence figures to result in more first-unit reps for senior Nolan Washington and junior Tracy Clark.

Mayes was expected to make a strong bid this spring to succeed Travis Long as the Cougars' starting BUCK. He figures to have stiff competition for the role when he returns because of what looks to be the major-league emergence of junior college transfer Ivan McLennan.


The Cougs are off today, but get back to work Tuesday at 3 p.m. Here's the rest of the spring schedule …

-Tuesday, March 26 3 p.m.
-Thursday, March 28 3 p.m.
-Saturday, March 30 TBD
-Tuesday, April 2 3 p.m.
-Thursday, April 4 3 p.m.
-Saturday, April 6 TBD
-Tuesday, April 9 3 p.m.
-Thursday, April 11 3 p.m.
-Saturday, April 13 TBD
-Tuesday, April 16 3 p.m.
-Thursday, April 18 3 p.m.
-Saturday, April 20 2 p.m. (Crimson and Gray Game, Spokane)
-Tuesday, April 23 3 p.m.

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