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Linebackers Back At Work In Light Week

LBs DJ Alexander and Jabral Johnson were both back practicing, after leaving the Hawaii game early due to minor injuries.
LBs DJ Alexander and Jabral Johnson were both back practicing, after leaving the Hawaii game early due to minor injuries.
(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon St. practiced for the first time since the Hawaii game today, and there was good news at the linebacker position.

Both Jabral Johnson, who did not play in the second half against the Warriors with an arm injury, and DJ Alexander, who left the game in the 4th quarter and did not return after twisting an ankle, were back in practice today.

Head coach Mike Riley had indicated both post game and again when the team got back to campus late Sunday that he did not thing either player's injury would keep them out for long, especially with a bye between now and the Beavers' next game against San Diego St. on Sept. 20.

But is was still good to see both back in action today.

Johnson did have an extra sleeve-type support on his arm.

Because of the all-day trip after to get back after the night game in Honolulu  that didn't get the team home until late Sunday, Riley also gave the team Monday off to rest and recover.

The Beavers will practice again tomorrow and Thursday, and then the players will get 3 days off, before regrouping next Monday to begin game week preparations for the Aztecs.

The coaching staff leaves Thursday afternoon for a weekend of recruiting, with watching high school games on tap for Friday night.

One player who did not play Saturday night and did not practice today is LG Garrett Weinrich. Weinrich's knee that was previously injured, keeping him out all of last season, has been acting up again, and Riley said they will take it easy on it in practices.

DT Jalen Grimble, who had back spasms last week, and had them get worse during the game Saturday, and played sparingly in the second half, was not at practice today, but no details were given.

Riley also said its too soon to tell if Isaac Seumalo will be ready to play against the Aztecs, or even at USC the week after the San Diego St. game. Seumalo is currently still limited to rehab work in the pool for his surgically repaired broke foot.

Otherwise, Oregon St. is basically healthy.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com