Coach Jeff Tedford hopes most of his ailing players will be back on the field Saturday when Cal visits Utah.
Linebackers Brennan Scarlett (broken left hand) and Jalen Jefferson (concussion) both sat out the Bears’ 21-3 loss to Stanford in the 115th Big Game after sustaining injuries the week before at Washington State. Scarlett had surgery on his hand Wednesday after suffering his second break this fall.
“I would expect he could possibly be back this week,” Tedford said of Scarlett.
Tedford said Jefferson was making progress by the end of last week, but needs to be cleared by the training staff and pass a concussion test.
Linebacker Chris McCain, who was wearing a boot Sunday on his sprained left ankle, should be fine, Tedford said. Same for defensive lineman Viliami Moala (left foot).
Running back C.J. Anderson entered the Stanford game with a banged up left knee, then suffered a left shoulder sprain when Cardinal linebacker Shayne Skov nailed him on a goal-line play. He said he expects to be ready for the Utes.
Coming off back-to-back 100-yard games entering Stanfor, admitted the knee injury left him feeling “a little timid” at the start of the game.
“After that I just had a quick talk with coach G (Ron Gould) and just sat down with myself and said, `It’s going to hold up.’ I just cleared my mind and tried to play the best I could.”
Then he took the shot from Skov.
“The shoulder thing happened before when I was at the juco. I’ve always played on it. It’s going to nag me.
“I’m feeling a little bit better,” he said. “I’m always ready play. Playing through injuries is something I can do.”