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James Brewer could return this week after being out with an ankle injury. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
A few Indiana players who had been stuck with “out” status on the injury report the last few weeks are closer to coming back.
Indiana coach Bill Lynch said Monday that there was a chance senior right tackle James Brewer could return. He was listed as questionable on Tuesday’s injury report and practiced Tuesday, though he was somewhat limited.
“It was good to have him out here,” Lynch said. “We’re purposefully going slow with him. (Offensive line coach Mo Moriarity) was going to certainly limit his reps and see how it went. So we’ll find out when we go in and see how sore he is. But we’ll try to do a little bit more tomorrow and see where he is on Thursday.” (more…)
Indiana coach Bill Lynch said Tuesday that junior tight end Max Dedmond will miss Saturday’s game with a knee injury. He said he doesn’t have a complete diagnosis on the injury or a timetable for his return, but he still doesn’t expect the injury to be season-ending.
Dedmond’s was one of several pieces of injury news discussed on the Big Ten teleconference on Tuesday morning, some positive, some not so much.
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said he expects sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson to be back in action this week. He had an MRI on his shoulder last week after leaving the game against Iowa. Tests showed no structural damage, Rodriguez said, and Robinson just needed rest.
Penn State will likely be without its quarterback for Saturday’s game against the Wolverines, however. PSU coach Joe Paterno said freshman quarterback Robert Bolden was “having some memory problems,” after taking a hit to the head against Minnesota on Saturday, and it was doubtful that he would be able to play. Paterno also said that defensive end Jack Crawford (foot) could be out for the game.
Purdue’s Danny Hope said he expects to get quarterback Rob Henry back this week. Hope said Henry’s injury is “a laceration” and the only thing that would keep him off the field is if the wound becomes infected.
Indiana coach Tom Crean may not be able to evaluate prospects during July. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Our friends at Inside the Hall reported Sunday that Verdell Jones suffered an ankle injury in practice this weekend. Indiana coach Tom Crean confirmed it Monday evening on his Twitter account.
“Now we have to deal with different injuries,” Crean said on Twitter, continuing his thoughts over several posts. “Verdell is suffering from a ankle sprain he got defending in our scrimmage work this past Saturday. He was playing at the highest level he has been at with us when it happened. Injuries are a part of the game and right now we have way to many assistant coaches because of it. It is no fun for any of us.”
How long Jones will be out is unknown at this time, though the fact that Crean used the word “sprain” would indicate that it likely won’t be a long-term problem. It doesn’t help guard depth at the moment, however, with sophomore guard Maurice Creek still recovering from a fractured knee last season and not practicing every day.
Indiana goalkeeper Luis Soffner won his first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award Monday, a day after the Hoosiers shut out No. 16 Michigan State, 3-0.
The redshirt sophomore made one save in his third shutout of the season. He also had a pair of saves in a 1-1 tie at Kentucky last Wednesday.
Following a Wednesday match at Armstrong Stadium with unbeaten Butler at 7 p.m., Indiana will have a chance to clinch the Big Ten title outright with a win over visiting Northwestern Sunday at 5 p.m.
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