By Joe Stiglich
Sunday, November 6th, 2011 at 7:26 pm in Uncategorized.
Checking in following Sunday’s workout …
It appears Cal might be without two linebackers Saturday against Oregon State. Starting outside linebacker Chris McCain, who left yesterday’s game in the third quarter and was taken to the hospital, was diagnosed with a concussion. Cal coach Jeff Tedford said McCain would be monitored closely throughout the week before his availability for Saturday was determined. If I had to guess, I’d say David Wilkerson, another freshman outside linebacker who’s been in the playing rotation, will be out longer. Wilkerson suffered a knee injury in the first quarter yesterday and underwent an MRI today. Tedford said he didn’t have results yet, but Wilkerson was spotted on crutches as the team finished its workout. Again, it’s premature to speculate. Hopefully Tedford can shed more light on the situation when he next meets with the media Tuesday.
Another mystery ailment: Starting left guard Brian Schwenke was unavailable yesterday due to an illness that landed him in the hospital Thursday night. He was released today and participated lightly in some activity, but his status is unknown. Asked if it was flu or pneumonia-type symptoms, Tedford said it was more serious than the flu but said he didn’t feel comfortable offering more information because it wasn’t football-related. That seems to indicate Justin Gates could draw his second start at left guard. The play of the offensive line (including Gates) was a huge bright spot against Washington State, so it appears the Bears might be OK even if Schwenke is sidelined longer.
Quarterback Zach Maynard is fine after taking a shot to the head yesterday.
I wish there was more concrete information to share, but Cal is very tight-lipped about injuries and the injured players typically aren’t made available to the media. Aside from injury reports, the vibe seemed very upbeat surrounding the team, no surprise after a lopsided victory. A win Saturday against Oregon State should wrap up a bowl berth.
That’s all for now …