Jeff Tedford said Thursday that starting right tackle Matt Summers-Gavin has an MCL injury to his left knee and will not play Saturday against Southern Utah.
An MRI on Tuesday showed that Summers-Gavin does not have the more serious ACL injury. He is not scheduled for surgery and is week-to-week, Tedford said.
“We’ll see how it responds,” Tedford said. “People have played through those things at times. Just depends on the level of swelling and soreness.”
Junior Bill Tyndall will start in place of Summers-Gavin, regarded as the Bears’ best offensive lineman.
“Tyndall is in there and doing a good job. It will be a game test for him,” Tedford said. “We’ve got confidence in Tyndall to do a good job.”
Geoffrey Gibson, who battled Chris Adcock through camp for the starting right guard spot, has split his time in practice this week at tackle.
At the left tackle, freshman Freddie Tagaloa is getting more reps and could see action Saturday.
“We’ve got to get Freddie in the rotation,” Tedford said. “The learning curve is there with any young freshman, especially at the offensive line with a lot of looks and a lot of communication. But he practiced this week with 1s and 2s.”
Summers-Gavin was limping noticeably as he walked toward the locker room with teammates after practice Thursday morning. He didn’t look anywhere close to being ready to practice or play.
In any case, giving him this week off makes perfect sense. Bill Tyndall will start in his place against the Football Championship Subdivision Thunderbirds, who are facing a Pac-12 opponent for the first time.
The availavility of sophomore defensive end Mustafa Jalil, who missed last week’s game with a knee injury, will be a game-time decision, Tedford said.
Linebacker Khairi Fortt, the transfer from Penn State, did more conditioning work this week but has not started practicing fulltime after knee surgery last spring before he arrived at Cal. He’s probably still two weeks away from playing, although there still is no plan to redshirt him.
“He looked good running,” Tedford said, “but we have to see how he looks in contact drills.”
Tight end Spencer Hagan will be available to play with a splint on his broken hand.