The Bears reconvened Sunday night after taking three days off for the Thanksgiving break and bye week. Usually, Sundays are reserved for conditioning practices the day after a game. But since there was no game this week, Cal held a more conventional practice, albeit a shorter one than usual (they practiced for 1 hour, 15 minutes; practices during the week go either 2 1/2 or 2 hours).
The first thing I looked for tonight was to see if Jahvid Best was practicing. He wasn’t. He’s still just watching from the sidelines. Best had said he hoped to come back for this week’s game, but that doesn’t appear likely. It’s not because Best didn’t practice tonight. Theoretically, he could still come back on Monday. But when asked about Best’s status tonight, coach Jeff Tedford once again said they “haven’t even talked about” Best’s return. If the running back truly had designs on playing this week, surely it would have at least been discussed.
Best was unavailable for comment afterward, but it seems pretty likely that he’s out again this week, meaning his regular season is over. The question would then become whether he would come back for the bowl game, or if he’s played his last game at Cal if he decides to go pro.
As far as the rest of the team goes, a couple players I talked to tonight said it was a rusty practice, but that’s to be expected after the time off. They said if they are rusty again on Tuesday, it would be more cause for concern.
NOTE: Tedford said cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson will be ready to go this week after spraining his ankle against Stanford. Tedford expects Thompson to get in some practice time this week.