Leftside linebacker Blaze Soares and defensive tackle Rocky Savaiigaea will miss the Aug. 30 season opener against Florida — and, most likely, a few more games — because of injuries.
Soares has been diagnosed with a torn gastrocnemius, a calf muscle in his left leg. The recovery period is between six and eight weeks. He is wearing a cast.
Savaiigaea has been diagnosed with a tear in his left triceps. He also is wearing a cast. His recovery period is between four and six weeks.
“It sucks,” said Savaiigaea, who will have his arm re-examined next week.
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• Defensive tackle Rocky Savaiigaea said his left triceps remains sore. He also had an MRI, and will see a specialist today.
• Greg McMackin said the competition for the quarterback’s job is so tight it will take another day to name the starter. McMackin has pushed back the decision until Thursday, at the earliest.
• Today’s practice was abbreviated by 40 minutes when Dan “The Iceman” Kelly answered McMackin’s dare, drilling a field goal from 53 yards.
* Cornerback/nickelback Ryan Mouton was limited to a few plays because of tendinitis in his right knee. But he made the most of his cameo appearance, recording two sacks off blitzes during team drills.
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McMackin and Mouton huddle before the 11-on-11 drill:
Even the injured players, like defensive end John Fonoti, are kept busy:
Middle linebacker Brashton Satele works on his footwork:
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In a special ceremony yesterday afternoon, backup quarterback Steele Jantz was summoned to the sideline, where he was handed a package.
Inside was a red No. 15 practice jersey.
On the back was the name: Tebow.
“Congratulations,” quarterback coach Nick Rolovich said.
For the next two weeks, Jantz, a second-semester freshman from California, will portray Florida quarterback Tim Tebow in practice.
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The receivers have been told they need to catch at least 100 passes from the JUGS machine every day. Mahalo again to bighilofan for paying for the machine’s repair.
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Very belated birthday wishes to Margo, my Roosevelt High classmate and wife of Rich2176.