Terrelle Pryor, QB, The Ohio State U – Quad
Pryor suffered a quadriceps muscle strain in the Illinois game which probably caused shockwaves in the Buckeye Nation when he had to leave the game. He returned and has been practicing this week, so there is no doubt that he will be in the starting line-up against Indiana. The quadriceps muscles (front of the thigh) are stopping and anti-gravity (allowing us to jump) muscles, so there should be no noticeable loss of function. With the Hoosiers first loss coming at the hands of Michigan last week, Ohio State will probably want to send a message by winning big this week.
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama – Knee
Julio, who played for the same high school (Foley, Alabama) as NFL great Ken Stabler, suffered a contusion (bruise) to his knee. This is what Athletic Trainers term a self-limiting injury – no structural damage, just pain. Julio will receive treatment and will practice lightly this week. With Tide on the road to play South Carolina this week, expect Julio to be in the line-up and be a major factor in the game.
Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh – Shoulder
Pittsburgh has not been very forthcoming about Lewis’ shoulder injury. X-rays were negative, but he still sat out last week. Do not be surprised to see him playing this week, though not necessarily starting the game. Lewis has been the victim of little nagging injuries since preseason and these have hampered his return to the level of last year when he was the top Freshman RB in the country. Look for a healthier Lewis to return against Notre Dame and gain some significant yardage in the land of the Golden Dome.
James Rogers, WR, Oregon State – Concussion
Rogers sat out last week’s game with lingering concussion symptoms. This is the intelligent move by the Oregon State medical staff. Now, with all the symptoms having subsided (headache is usually the last symptom to disappear), Rogers can return healthy and be a big weapon for the Beavers as they battle Arizona.
Jacory Harris, QB, Miami “The U” – Shoulder
Harris suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Miami is not giving any information about the injury, but best sources indicate that it is probably an AC sprain – sprain of the ligament that connects the clavicle and the scapula. Since this is the non-throwing shoulder, the only problem that will occur is that if he falls on that shoulder, he will be in pain. Miami has a great medical staff and they won’t clear him to play unless they think he is ready. With Florida State coming to town this weekend, look for Harris to be in the starting line-up and to be effective.
Paris Cotton, RB, Central Michigan – Undisclosed Injury
Central Michigan will only say that Cotton is “banged up”, which is definitely not a viable diagnosis. At a listed 5’9” and 170 pounds, it is easy to see why he could take a beating running the ball, but he has a lot of speed and tends to avoid direct hits with his evasiveness. With CMU traveling to play out of conference at Virginia Tech, look for Cotton to be available, but not to start. Bottom line for recovery is that Cotton has to be allowed to heal from his mystery injury because he is definitely needed healthy in the line-up.
Deantre Lewis, RB, Arizona State – Shoulder
Lewis has a shoulder strain, which is muscular and will only limit him in terms of pain. Lewis has played through pain before and will be ready to do it again this week against a PAC-10 opponent. Look for Lewis to be in the starting line-up against Washington this week and to be effective.
Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford – Head
Owusu suffered a concussion as a result of a helmet-to-helmet collision against Oregon showcased on national television. He had to leave the game and, wisely, did not return.
Whether or not he can return this weekend will depend on how soon all of his concussion symptoms disappear. Most teams use a “point system” evaluation which includes factors such as memory loss, confusion, and headache. Each factor is assigned a point and a threshold score is necessary to return to unrestricted activity. At this point, Owusu”s availability still must be listed as questionable against USC this weekend.
Donald Buckram, RB, UTEP – Knee
Buckram has been in and out of the Miner’s line-up all year after suffering a preseason knee injury. As much as the injury, it is Buckram’s confidence in his knee that has become an issue. Confidence is the last aspect to return after an injury. Despite all the treatment and rehab, often the athlete just does not feel that his knee is right and his ability to play suffers. Look for Buckram to play this week against Rice and, if he has a breakout game, hopefully the confidence in the knee will last for the rest of the season.