Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A mixed bag on the injury front

Yale junior receiver/kickoff returner Chris Smith was clamoring to practice on Tuesday, a sign that the hamstring he hurt in Saturday's win over Cornell isn't that serious. However, the Bulldogs may have lost sophomore James Talerico for the season with an injured Achilles tendon.

Both Smith and Talerico were hurt in the second quarter of Yale's 37-17 win. Smith actually returned the second half kickoff before being forced out of the game.

"He didn't go today, it was more our call than his," Yale coach Tom Williams said. "He wanted to practice and we said 'no.' We'll give him another day of rehab and see what he feels like (today) and maybe get him a few reps. He is one of the few guys I have been around that doesn't need a million reps to play a game. We are going to err on the side of caution to make sure he is ready for next week. hamstring, high up."

Talerico was a surprise starter at guard and Williams liked what he saw from the 275-pound Talerico before he suffered what could be a season-ending injury.

"It is probably going to (sideline) him for a while," Williams said. "He was playing well. I feel bad for the kid because he played a good quarter and was off to a good start in the second quarter."

Colin Kruger, who started all 10 games last year and in the season-opening win over Georgetown, is back with the first unit. Williams did hint that freshmen William Chism and Ben Carbery could see some time when Yale plays its road opener against No. 13 Lehigh.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


With Talerico having been moved to guard and Chism also a guard, the O-line seems thin at tackle. Who is behind Collins and Gavin; what O-line reserves are likely to travel to Lehigh?

9:36 AM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

I haven't gotten the travel squad but in terms of tackles Carbery is definitely in the mix. At the JV game against Dean, Luke Hartwig and Kyle White were the starting tackles so I wouldn't be surprised to see them making the trip as well.

10:14 AM 

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