Football: Wednesday night update

Some pretty significant news out of practice tonight: Tight end Anthony Miller had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee yesterday and will miss at least Saturday’s game against Oregon State.

Coach Jeff Tedford said Miller has been bothered by knee problems for a while but pulled a muscle near the knee during the win over Arizona State. An MRI showed excessive bleeding in the muscle, and doctors were concerned that there may be a bigger problem with the knee. The only way to determine if there was any damage to the knee was to get it scoped.

The good news for Miller and the Bears is the surgeons didn’t find any major damage. They made a minor trim to his meniscus but other than that it was fine. Tedford said there is a chance Miller could be back for next Saturday’s game against Arizona State.

It’s a pretty big loss for the Bears. Miller was really developing into a top-flight tight end, as a pass-catcher and at the point of attack. He is third on the team with 17 catches, including three against the Sun Devils.

Tedford said Skylar Curran will start in Miller’s place on Saturday with Jarrett Sparks backing up. We also may see more of Spencer Ladner, who has been slowly working his way back from his own knee injury.

–Jahvid Best has sat out the past two days of practice but is expected to practice Thursday. It’s not because of his lingering foot injury or the ankle he tweaked against ASU. It turns out Best suffered a slight concussion against the Sun Devils and the Bears are being very cautious. Best also has a cold. He said he could have practiced today but the team wanted him to rest one more day. He is expected to play Saturday.


–It’s looking more and more as though left guard Matt Summers-Gavin (shoulder) and nose tackle Derrick Hill (stinger) will miss another week. Neither has practiced this week and Tedford termed them both as doubtful tonight.

Tedford said Mark Boskovich and Richard Fisher will continue to split playing time filling in for Summers-Gavin. Aaron Tipoti will continue to play in place of Hill.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Johnny

    Well that sucks.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I got a feeling Quizz will have a huge day.

  • MikeD

    eeeehhh, no good news in that report other than the minor nature of the surgery for Miller. They need the big man Hill back on point.

    JO – 14th is UofA, not ASU

  • Easy Ed

    Hi Moron

    Quizz won’t have as big a day as Masoli did last week!

  • Scotty Mon

    Hi Moron:

    600+ yards against your defense. 2nd most ever against a USC team. Ever! Get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged oooohh!

  • MikeD

    Ed and Scotty : ignore the troll – install the greasemoney script

    then the rest of us won’t have to read your responses to her which sort of ruins the whole purpose of using the script to block her in the first place. 82 happy users and counting


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  • Easy Ed

    I know Mike but, to engage an $C fan in a debate is like shooting fish in a barrel. I promise to behave better and ignore the Moron!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Is that the Masoli who you looked like a Heisman Trophy winner during your game? I heard he was one 3 and out from being benched after the BSU and Purdue games. Then thanks to your D he is now considered the best QB in America.

  • Easy Ed

    Yes Moron, we probably got Masoli Heisman consideration but thanks to U$C he’s going to New York for the ceremony!

  • wehofx

    Ed, if you want to engage the moron, please go to the chron’s Cal threads. The SN alias the troll uses most frequently there is dwarf.

    OSU is going to be tough. The spread is 7. I’m taking the Bears and giving the points. Probably not the smartest bet I ever made but I got a feeling.

    Go BEARS!

  • Will

    Actually, it’s “drawf”, not “dwarf”.

    I think the spread is too high, their quick strike offense scares me…but I think our D showed a lot of improvement last week. Riley’s been encouraging too and should have a good game against a mediocre pass defense. This one is too close to call.

  • MikeD

    Morning all from sunny Newport Beach, CA!

    what I wouldn’t give to see the Bears play a complete game up to their potential within all 3 phases of the game vs a good opponent…

    Plus 1 on the spread – what do the odds makers see that we don’t?

    Very pleased to see Cattouse play last week. Dude is a big hitter on the field, jarred a few balls loose last week. And to hear he is now playing a vocal leadership role makes things all that much better.

    I was going to note that the Mensa member spelled it ‘drawfs’ on the chron boards as well. Caused me no end of glee when I did the double take on the spelling – “no, wait, that can’t be right. HA! it isn’t [LOL]”

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Correction: Arizona next weekend, not Arizona State.