Still reluctant to give a definitive answer, Cal coach Jeff Tedford said after practice Thursday that backup Allan Bridgford “most likely” will replace injured starter Zach Maynard against No. 2 Oregon.
Maynard, who sprained his left knee last Friday against Washington, has not practiced all week. He walked off the practice field Thursday morning wearing a brace on his knee, after being transported on a cart the previous two days.
“He has not practiced,” Tedford said of Maynard. “He’s gotten better each and every day, but we don’t want to irritate it.
“Most likely if he’s ready to play (Saturday), he’ll be there for a backup-type of role. Most likely Bridgford will start.”
Bridgford finished the Washington game after Maynard, a two-year starter, left with 4:01 left.
Bridgford, who is 4 for 16 for 32 yards this season in limited action, has gotten first-team practice reps all week. Tedford said he is ready.
“He’s always done a real nice job of preparing, keeping his head into it. He’s a student of the game,” Tedford said.
Redshirt sophomore Austin Hinder has taken snaps with the second team all week.
Tedford said the status of all other injured players will be game-time decisions.
But it seems unlikely senior offensive tackle Matt Summers-Gavin will be available. He injured his right knee against Washington, has not practiced this week and was wearing a T-shirt and knee brace on Thursday.
Three players — cornerback Marc Anthony and linebackers Jalen Jefferson and J.P. Hurrell — all are awaiting clearance after sustaining concussions.
Freshman wide receiver Bryce Treggs, who sat out last week with an ankle sprain, has practiced but still was limping Thursday.
Star junior wideout Keenan Allen remains sidelined with a knee injury.