Senior Bowl: Injuries Begin To Mount

Injuries are beginning to take their toll on the South squad. Over the past couple of days, two members of the secondary, two wide receivers, and a lineman also went down. Affecting the ability to run practice to the fullest, the South squad led by Jon Gruden has been limited in their preparation.

"We have had some injuries at the wide receiver and corner position," Head Coach Jon Gruden said. "We have had some nicks and some pulls. We can't get as many reps as we would like."

Virginia Tech defensive back Eric Green, a rising candid ate on some draft boards, sat out practice due to a slight hamstring pull. When asked whether he would play on Saturday, Green replied, "I don't think so. I have to get ready for the combines."

Green struggles at times during the first two days of practice, for which he attributed his inconsistency to the injury that he noted as occurring last week.

"I had trouble coming in and out of my breaks," he said.

Wide receiver Terrence Murphy was already lost for the week, although he has been replaced by Roydell Williams. Another receiver sat out Wednesday, Roddy White of UAB.

"He is probably going to be out of the game," Gruden said of White. "He tweaked his hamstring. That is a concern given the fact we play on Saturday."

Wesley Britt went down during practice. The Alabama lineman limped off the field and was eventually carted away.

"We don't know Britt's status yet," Gruden said. "It looks like it was his fibula. He will get x-rayed. Whether or not he can come back and play we don't know for sure."

An update was expected later in the day regarding Britt.

Ben Wilkerson watched the morning practice on Wednesday and said the rehab on his broken leg was healing fine. The LSU center estimated the timetable for his return to action would be a month. He will not workout at the Combines in Indianapolis and will save his work for Pro Day. Wilkerson looked slightly undersized on the field, perhaps down from his previous weight of 295.

One thing that is known about Saturday's game is who will start at tailback. Auburn's Cadillac Williams will start the game according to coach Gruden.

The other known is who will start at quarterback for the South. Jason Campbell, also of Auburn, will get the nod behind center.

"Being that we are in Mobile, Alabama and there are enough Auburn Tigers fans, I am no idiot," Gruden explained. "Call me whatever you want but Carnell Williams will start and anybody who wore eagles will come after me if they don't."

David Greene will play second in the game with Brock Berlin pulling up the rear in the rotation.

The South's game-plan will include 52 different pass plays and 15 or 16 running plays.

With a week of study time, the South coaching staff is expecting them to perform.

"We have thrown a lot at them," Gruden explained. "It is their job to learn it and it is their job to execute. Let's be honest, this is a paid for performance deal. They like that. I think they are stimulated by the list of plays. I think everyone is going to get a chance to see the ball.

"We have inside runs, we have outside runs, we have traps, we have counters - we have it all. Hopefully we can look pretty solid on Saturday."

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