About a half-hour before the end of practice Thursday, tight end Richard Rodgers injured his left shoulder while stretching to make a catch on a low pass.
Off came the shoulder pads. Rodgers tossed his gloves to the ground in frustration. His shoulder was taped and he was done for the day.
But coach Jeff Tedford said, “It’s nothing serious.”
The Bears certainly hope not. Rodgers has been one of the revelations of camp (and spring ball), expected to become a significant receiving target.
Tedford would not commit to whether Rodgers will practice Friday, but didn’t seem concerned about rushing him back onto the field. The Bears have 22 more days before their Sept. 1 opener vs. Nevada.
Here’s my notebook for Friday’s paper, including a lead segment on senior running back C.J. Anderson, who has made the improvements necessary to challenge Isi Sofele for the starting job.
— Meanwhile, Cal junior wideout Keenan Allen was named to Sports Illustrated’s preseason All-America second team.