Monday, September 28, 2009

Week 5 Injury Report

by Barca Blog - Add two more starters to the list of injury-riddled Commodores.

Head coach Bobby Johnson announced Monday that wide receiver John Cole suffered a broken hand and safety Sean Richardson tore a tendon in his thumb during Vanderbilt's 36-17 victory over Rice. Both players underwent surgery on Sunday.

"Hopefully there's a chance (Sean) can play Saturday (vs. Ole Miss)," Johnson said. "He would obviously be in a cast and padded up but it’s asking a lot to handle the pain anytime you have surgery on a Sunday and than play on the following Saturday.

"We are hoping John can come back fairly quickly from his injury but he is doubtful for this weekend. They believe they can splint his hand which would give him a chance to play, but that's asking a lot of a wide receiver to play with a broken hand."

More Injury Updates

After missing the first three games with a sore foot, tailback Jared Hawkins had a solid debut to his senior season with 11 carries for 61 yards against the Owls.

"(Jared) looked fresh, ready to go, and hungry to make some good runs and he did that," Johnson stated. "He was sore after the game, but right now he looks pretty good."

Tailback Zac Stacy, who started the first three games in Hawkins' absence, is still bothered by a sprained ankle. Stacy was limited to a season-low four carries for five yards at Rice.

"(Zac's) just not the same player right now. (His ankle) has been affecting him in just about everything he's doing. He's not getting the same number of reps in practice because of it, which is what he needs as a freshman."

Defensive back Jamie Graham, who missed last week's game after suffering a concussion against Mississippi State, is still questionable. Defensive tackle T.J. Greenstone is also questionable with a sore knee.

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