The biggest news to come out of Wednesday’s practice is the status of starting left guard Matt Summers-Gavin, who has come down with the case of the flu and didn’t participate in any team activities. The team is hopeful Summers-Gavin will get better in time for Saturday’s game. But the team also is taking every precaution in light of Swine Flu concerns.
Coach Jeff Tedford said the team implemented some preventitive measures at the beginning of the season to guard against the Swine Flu. After reading about some other programs that were hit by the Swine Flu, Tedford had littered Memorial Stadium with hand sanitizers and also had every player get a flu shot.
“You go anywhere in this place, there is a hand sanitizer — every computer, every meeting room,” Tedford said. “They walk in the dining hall, they have somebody standing there making sure everyone on the team washes their hands. Weight room, there’s someone at the door with a hand sanitizer. That’s something we did because some of the stories that were coming out of some of the other teams. We wanted to be really proactive in making sure that we did all that we can to prevent it.”
“We have the cleanest hands in America,” Tedford added.
If Summers-Gavin is unable to go Saturday at Oregon, Mark Boskovich will take his place. Boskovich started the final 10 games of last season at left guard after a season-ending injury to Chris Guarnero.
Meanwhile, Jahvid Best hasn’t done much at practice the past two days. Best said his surgically repaired foot has felt sore this week, but it won’t affect his status for the game. He also said he plans on practicing Thursday.
“Everything is fine,” Best said. “I’m just a little sore. We’re just trying to manage it.”
Best had 26 carries against Minnesota on Saturday after only carrying the ball 10 and 17 times in the first two games, respectively.
“I’m comfortable with whatever. They need 30, 40 (carries), I’ll take them. I think the only time I need to come out is just when i’m tired. Shane (Vereen) is right there waiting. But as far as the workload, I’m ready for anything.”
Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson also sat out practice Wednesday with tightness in his back, and backup nose tackle Kendrick Payne was sidelined with a sore foot. Tedford said both will play Saturday.