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Injuries to boot: Six o-linemen sidelined



The walking boot has become the unfortunate accessory of choice to go with USF's football uniforms, with injuries piling up in the second week of preseason practice.

Just as linebacker Chris Robinson and tackle Walter Walker shed their boots from injuries last week, teammates put them to immediate use Monday. The offensive line in particular has been hit hard, with six players watching Monday afternoon's practice with various injuries.

Walker and tackle Danny Tolley (groin) watched in T-shirts and shorts; guard Ryan Schmidt, contending for a starting position, had his left ankle wrapped; freshman guard Keith McCaskill had a boot on his right foot, and walk-on tackle Joe Herzhauser had a fresh cast on his right wrist. The only injury known to extend to next month's season opener against Elon is guard Matt Huners, recovering from knee surgery.

Add one more to the injured list: tight end Ben Busbee, one of only two tight ends with game experience at his position, watched with a boot on his right foot. We'll update this as we get more information from coach Jim Leavitt after Monday's practice.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:33am]


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