The good news: DE Brennan Scarlett went to the doctor Tuesday to have his surgically repaired hand checked.
The bad news: Scarlett still wasn’t cleared for contact and was wearing a red jersey at practice.
“Still kind of waiting to get cleared . . . for the doctor to sign off,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. “He didn’t get cleared.”
Time is getting short — the Bears’ opener vs. Northwestern was just 11 days away on Tuesday. Could Scarlett actually be ready to play if, say, he were cleared late this week or early next?
“I think he probably could because he’s done everything but non-contact,” Dykes said. “It’s different for a guy coming off an injury that hasn’t practiced or participated at all.
“The fact that he’s in condition, the fact that he knows what’s going on, I think will allow him probably to come back faster.”
Also still out at the position is JC transfer Sione Sina, who had knee surgery last spring.
Even so, Dykes said he is comfortable with the Bears’ numbers at the position.
“We have five of six guys that are competing. I think they’re all playing pretty well,” he said. “I think that’s going to be a position of strength for us. We’re going to play with five or six different guys because they all do something different.”
Chris McCain, who is listed on an out-dated depth chart at the left end, was practicing some Tuesday at right end, as well.
In fact, despite the seemingly long list of ailing players each day, Dykes isn’t fretting.
“I read the other day USC had 27 guys out. I think we’re 20 guys better than that. I think that’s just the nature of camp this time of year,” he said. “I’m not that concerned about it. I think we’ll have the guys that we need.
“I’m disappointed about Broussard — that’s the one that’s going to be a year-long process,” he said of LB Nathan Broussard, who will have ACL surgery. “The rest of them, I anticipate will come back.”
Safety Avery Sebastian was doing wind sprints and climbing stadium steps during part of Tuesday’s practice. It was his first practice activity since suffering a concussion eight days earlier during a team scrimmage.
Dykes said Sebastian passed tests with “flying colors,” allowing him to get on the field.
“Starting the process,” Dykes said. “He looks good. We’re going to continue to follow up and make sure he follows the protocol.”
LBs Khairi Fortt (bruised knee) and Nick Forbes (back) both are beginning to practice more.
“Fortt, especially, did some good things today, looked like his old self,” Dykes said.
RT Bill Tyndall, who missed the start of fall camp while rehabbing the ankle he broke at the start of spring ball in March, is making progress. But Dykes said he won’t simply take the starting job away from Steven Moore.
“He’s competing right now for a job. He’s practicing, he’s back. I wouldn’t say he’s 100 percent back. He’s rusty,” Tyndall said. “Moore has played so well that he deserves to be the starter right now.
“Tyndall’s going to have to continue to compete and then we’ll see what happens.”
Safety Jason Gibson missed practice with a hamstring injury that is not considered serious. Cornerback Adrian Lee (ankle) was in a boot, but could be back Wednesday.