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Oregon St. Gets Receivers Back, Loses Another Lineman

WR Richard Mullaney, Oregon St.'s most experienced receiver, returned to practice today.
WR Richard Mullaney, Oregon St.'s most experienced receiver, returned to practice today.
(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon St. got some good news on the injury front at today's practice, with the return of a pair of wide receivers. Both Richard Mullaney, who twisted an ankle last Friday, and Hunter Jarmon, who had a groin pull, were back in action today.

"It felt good," Mullaney said of his ankle after the day's workout.

Unfortunately, the offensive line, already without Dustin Stanton, who was unable to practice due to an ankle injury, and Will Hopkins, whose' hand was in a sling, and will require surgery that will keep him out about 4 weeks, took another hit when Fred Lauina went down during one of the 11 on 11 drills.

Grant Bays also did not practice today.

Lauina stayed down a while, bringing a hush over the practice and the Beaver fans watching, but eventually was able to get to his feet and walk to the training area under his own power. Expect concussion protocols to probably be in his immediate future, though.

Center Isaac Seumalo was to have his left foot re-evaluated today by the doctor, but no word has come out on how that turned out.

Fullback Tyler Anderson also remains out with a left leg injury, which means ever more reps for Ricky Ortiz.

The defense got some good news, as LB DJ Alexander returned to practice, though in shorts only, but at least the road back is now finally well underway for Alexander.

Kyle Peko even worked with the defensive line on non-contact drills, in his last acclimation day. The pads are scheduled to go on the long awaited JC transfer tomorrow.

The defense did have some losses as well, though, as DT Siale Hautau sat out practice, as did newcomer DE Luke Hollingsworth, who has missed several days, and had his arm in a sling today.

The secondary shared in the injury report as well, as CB Naji Patrick and Safety Cyril Noland-Lewis were spectators, and CB Dashon Hunt, who just returned to full practice yesterday, appeared to have a setback, and was back doing individual drills.

The theme of the summer remained the same though, with several interceptions of various of the quarterbacks.

The combination of injuries and other issues still needing attention has prompted head Coach Mike Riley to cancel plans for a scrimmage tomorrow, which was already pushed back from today, opting for a regular practice in the morning, and the final evening second session of the year to follow.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com