Redshirt freshman Hardy Nickerson will miss the final two games of the season after suffering a foot injury Saturday against USC, Cal announced Monday.
Nickerson, who has started eight games and played in all 10, is the Bears’ co-leader with 64 tackles. He also has five tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Coach Sonny Dykes said that Nickerson has been dealing with a foot issue much of the season, but that he will be unable to play again this season after Saturday’s game against USC.
“I hate that Hardy got injured,” Dykes said. “He was starting to play well. He had started to look like a different guy.”
Khairi Fortt, who had been sharing the middle linebacker spot with Nickerson, sat out last week’s game with a biceps injury. Fortt was listed as probable on Cal’s injury list Monday. “I think he’s doing a lot better,” Dykes said.
Michael Barton got most of the first-team reps Monday, and freshman Chad Whitener is also available at the position.
Dykes said wide receiver Chris Harper, who played sparingly late in the USC game due to a hip pointer, will be fine.
Backup cornerback Isaac Lapite injured his knee Saturday and is declared out of the Colorado game.
Listed as probable for Colorado are receiver Richard Rodgers (thumb), running back Daniel Lasco (shoulder) and running back Daniel Ervin (shoulder).
Dykes said tackle-turned-guard Freddie Tagaloa got about 15 snaps at his new position against USC.
“I thought he did some good things at times. He was a little inconsistent at times,” Dykes said. “He’s still working hard at it, trying to get more accustomed to things.”