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Receiver Phil Braxton is out for the rest of the season with a broken foot, head coach Rich Rodriguez announced during his Sunday press conference.

The junior wideout was injured during the kickoff return after Rutgers scored in the fourth quarter. He limped off, and x-rays revealed a break in the foot.

West Virginia is considering moving 6-1 Miquell Henderson to the vacated spot because of his height and the need for a bigger wideout to play outside.

Right guard Ken Sandor and his backup, Jason Brooks are also injured and not expected to practice until Wednesday. Sandor has a sprained knee and Brooks and sprained ankle. Both are questionable for Syracuse, and if neither can play WVU will move Brad Knell to right guard and slide Geoff Lewis into the vacated left guard slot, as they did against Rutgers.

"It's unusual, because you would not expect injuries during such a blowout game," Rodriguez said.

The coach also announced that Brad Lewis would start at quarterback and Rasheed Marshall, who played the entire second half against Rutgers, would see spot-duty. The staff would like to get Marshall time, but won't push the signalcaller while he continues to transition after coming off a 10-week injury (broken wrist).

"Rasheed was a bonus last game," Rodriguez said. "We were not sure he would play until Wednesday. But he is still very much what he was like at the end of two-a-days. He has not had game action, but I think he showed ability. I am proud of the way he competed and am hoping he gets a little better each day and can be at a high level for Syracuse. He is not where he was against Boston College, but he brings another option to the game"

Backup quarterback Derek Jones has moved back to receiver after practicing and playing behind Lewis while Marshall healed. Jones played a handful of snaps at wideout against the Scarlet Knights.

At the slot receiver, Mike Page is now alternating with former full-time starter Antonio Brown. The players will alternate every three plays.

"It will be tougher to run Saturday, and we need our receivers to make plays," Rodriguez said. "Their defense is probably pretty confident they can stop the pass because they have had success against good teams."

Also, reserve defensive back Lance Frazier, who muffed to punt returns against Rutgers, will still returns kicks, Rodriguez said. He believes the problems were a result of wind and one poor judgment than a bigger problem.


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