Following an appointment with a back specialist Wednesday morning, Plant starting quarterback Phillip Ely is day-to-day and could play in Friday's regular season opener against Tampa Bay Tech, Plant coach Robert Weiner said.
Ely's injury was diagnosed as a stress fracture in his back by highly regarded orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Small. Weiner said the junior quarterback is "day-to-day."
"The news is very good," Weiner said. "We feared the worst. Some doctors said it was to the point where he wouldn't be able to stand at practice."
Weiner said Ely has had about 10 days off from taking practice reps. Still, he's calling plays and directing his lineman at the line of scrimmage, while backup James Few takes snaps.
Ely, who threw for 1,767 yards and 19 touchdowns last season in relief of injured All-American Aaron Murray, will begin physical therapy sessions twice a week starting Thursday. Because of that, he might be held out of Wednesday's practice, Weiner said.
"We'll have to see how he feels," Weiner said. "He's doing well. His spirits are good and he's happy with the doctor's report."
-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA