First off, before we get to today's brief injury update, make sure you listen to the interview from KLAC with Rudy that's posted below. I'm right with everyone about how Petros Papadakis (fat guy in red shirt) is a toolbag on FSN broadcasts and to an extent off the air as well (I twice spotted him wearing a Hello Kitty backpack in the press box), but I actually think he holds his own pretty well as a radio host.
Also, don't forget that ASU's annual Fan Appreciation Day and "end of camp" scrimmage is tomorrow night at Sun Devil Stadium. If you haven't had a chance to sneak out to practice, here's your chance to check the team out before August 30. Practice starts at 7:00 P.M.
Anyway, injury problems abound...thanks to the Republic and the Tribune for the tips.
The count is now 9...that's the number of consecutive practices WR Chris McGaha has now missed. Nick alluded to being seriously concerned about that toe, and now I am too. While the depth at wide receiver isn't questionable, it's surely inexperienced.
Calling all centers...Garth Gerhart is now banged up. He's battling an ankle problem the week after first string C Thomas Altieri suffered a mild concussion. He's day to day.
And the depth continues to wane...OT Matt Hustad is out for at least a week with an unspecified knee injury. Tom Njunge, who's never played a snap of right tackle in his career, is filling in at both offensive tackle spots.
That hammie is lingering...RB Shaun DeWitty missed another practice because of it. He's still joined on the sidelines by WR Brandon Smith who's hampered by the hamstring himself.
He says it's not serious...but as a guy who suffered a back injury during my hockey career, it still hurts. S Rodney Cox left practice yesterday with back pain, but DE and Cox both say it's not a serious problem.
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