Rodgers Remains In Limbo

Oregon St. coach Mike Riley wants one more thought, and a phone call, before deciding about whether to play James Rodgers against UCLA. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

 
Oregon St. head coach Mike Riley, the Beavers' decisive leader, a master of time management with few peers, has again delayed a decision on whether WR James Rodgers will return to action Saturday against UCLA in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Riley said he still hasn't had a final talk (the one he was going to have over the weekend) with the Dr. Jason Dragoo of Stanford Sports Medicine about Rodgers' knee.

Riley said "Everything points to him play, but I have an outstanding call to the doctor. I want to wait on that until that phone call. I just need one more thought about that."

Riley did send video of Rodgers' practices to Dragoo so he can see how the Beavers' best receiver is doing.

Riley isn't the only one right on top of things on campus either, as a "hangup with one of his professors" has again delayed a decision on Dominic Glover's academic status.

It's a good thing football isn't a matter of war and peace, or even life and death, because the decision making process in Corvallis sure isn't up to it.

Another unknown involves RB Malcolm Agnew, who Riley described as "doubtful", based on the fact that Agnew was unable to practice again today due to his hamstring. Agnew will have to practice Wednesday in order to be prepared to play Saturday, but Riley hasn't ruled him out yet.

Riley did announce a couple of decisions affecting the lineup this week, though.

DT Castro Masaniai will serve his pending one game suspension that stemmed from his domestic incident last summer in  this week's game. However, TE Connor Hamlett, who has a weekend on the sideline coming after a party at his house at the end of the first week of fall camp resulted in a multitude of MIP citations, will wait a while to learn when he will be off. Starting TE Joe Halahuni returns to action this week, but it's his first game of the season, so Hamlett's services might be needed, depending on how Halahuni's return goes.

Riley also confirmed Grant Enger will go at LG in place of Josh Andrews, who is out for at least several more weeks with a knee injury.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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