DAY 11 - It's Not Broken!
Aug. 20, 2009
CORVALLIS - The news of the day, without question, is that Darrell Catchings wrist is not broken!
Catchings, who injured his wrist/upper hand during a blocking drill Saturday night, was re-evaluated and it was determined that the fracture that was seen originally on his x-rays was an old injury that has healed. Catchings will begin rehab as soon as possible with the best case situation now being that he could play in the second game of the season, at UNLV.
'Now we shouldn't jump the gun,' head coach Mike Riley said. 'But Darrell's not going to have surgery. He does not have a fracture. Now the question is can he rehab fast enough to give himself a chance to play this year? The best case scenario is the second game.'
On the field it was definitely a defensive day. Admittedly, the offense played without all three of the guys that were expected to start at receiver at the beginning of camp (Catchings, Rodgers and Kjos), the defensive backs had a heyday repeatedly knocking away passes or picking them off. Tim Clark, James Dockery, Lance Mitchell and Rashaad Reynolds (two picks) each had interceptions.
It should be noted that James Rodgers was out today with a swollen knee after having an accidental collision during last night practice banging knees with a defender. That is twice that an OSU receiver has been injured during an evening practice of double days. Those are practices conducted in shells and therefore less physical. Kjos on the other hand had his back tighten up on him after a weightlifting session this morning.
'Offensively, we weren't very good at all today. Too many missed assignments.'
Catch Ron Callan's Beaver Sports Report weekday mornings between 8-9 a.m. on KPAM 860, the home of the Beavers in Portland. Stephen Paea is scheduled to be on the show Friday.
Media in attendance today included Cliff Kirkpatrick and Kevin Hampton of the Gazette-Times, Paul Buker and Lindsay Schnell of The Oregonian, John Hendricks of the ESPNU. Schnell is working on a Kevin Frahm feature, while Hendricks talked to Jacquizz Rodgers and James Rodgers ... After witnessing Tuesday's popsicle break for the team, and the subsequent popsicle snub of the media (and Buker moaning), OSU head communications honcho provided popsicles for the media in attendance.
There were several Catch of the Day plays made today, mostly by the defense. During a drill between just the receivers and defensive backs in the red zone, Tim Clark made a sensational play tipping the ball away from Taylor Kavanaugh and into the air before making the interception. Shortly after it was Rashaad Reynolds who tipped the ball away from Kevan Walker and snagged the ball as it seemed to hang in the air for him. A few plays later (the next time Reynolds was on the field), Reynolds stole the ball from Walker on a crossing pattern ... Honorable mention for Catch of the Day was by Aaron Nichols who made a great diving catch in the end zone during red zone drills ... There were at least 10 guys on the sidelines today being held out due to injury. James Rodgers (knee), Casey Kjos (back) and Tonu Tuimalealiifano (knee) were the only 'new' members of the walking wounded. Josh LaGrone (knee) and Alex Linnenkohl (knee) both were hurt during today's practice and sat out the rest of the day ... In better news, Damola Adeniji, Tom Black, Cameron Collins and Lance Mitchell returned to practice today to various degrees ... Today during lunch I discovered that the OSU football team is as tired of the Brett Favre saga as the rest of us (at least in my household) when they booed upon seeing the golden-armed quarterback on ESPN (yet again).
Tomorrow is another double day, so the team will practice be in full pads in the morning (8:30 a.m.) and in shells in the evening (6:30).
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