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Auburn's top LB prospect shelved

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn coach Gene Chizik says freshman Kris Frost, one of the nation's top outside linebacker prospects, won't play this season.

Frost had shoulder surgery in late July, and Chizik said Tuesday "there's no way" he'll be back in time. Linebacker is a position where the Tigers need immediate help.

Frost was injured during a summer workout. Chizik says he'll be doing a "very thorough" rehabilitation program the next few months.

Paterno home from hospital: Joe Paterno was released from a hospital, two days after getting blindsided at a Penn State practice by a player and injuring his right shoulder and pelvis.

The school said in a statement the 84-year-old coach was looking forward to returning to practice today.

"It's time for everyone to turn the attention to the team," Paterno said in the brief statement. "We have a lot of hard work ahead in order to be as good as we think we can be."

Penn State confirmed no surgery was required.

Sooners leading tackler may miss FSU matchup: Oklahoma defensive captain and leading tackler Travis Lewis will miss up to eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot, leaving the Sooners without one of their best defensive players for a few crucial early-season games including Sept. 17 at FSU.

Athletic trainer Scott Anderson said Lewis' injury will be treated with rest and immobilization. Lewis, chosen as the Big 12's preseason defensive player of the year by the media, was injured Monday during Oklahoma's first practice in pads.

Vols DB has surgery: Tennessee sophomore defensive back Dontavis Sapp had surgery to repair his fractured left ring finger.

A team spokesman said Sapp, who is expected to compete for playing time at strong safety, injured his finger during practice Monday and underwent surgery Monday night.

He is expected to return to practice within a week or two and be available for the season opener Sept. 1 against Montana.

Orange players injured: Syracuse has lost three players to injury in the past three days, including junior starting free safety Phillip Thomas and offensive guard Nick Lepak after blows to the head.

Thomas had surgery Monday to repair a jaw fractured during practice Sunday. He'll return to noncontact drills over the next few days.

Lepak, a senior, sustained a concussion Monday and is out indefinitely.

Also hurt was linebacker Zack McCarrell, who strained a hamstring and is out indefinitely.

Obituary: Jimmy Harris, the starting quarterback for much of Oklahoma's record 47-game winning streak in the 1950s, has died. He was 76.

The Osborn Funeral Home in Shreveport, La., says Mr. Harris died early Tuesday.

Mr. Harris took over as Oklahoma's quarterback during the 1954 season and never lost a game, leading the Sooners to national championships in 1955 and '56.

Mr. Harris had career totals of 1,237 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns and 745 yards passing with another 10 TDs. He also made eight interceptions while playing defense.

Basketball: A lingering injury will prevent one of Duke's promising freshmen from taking part in the Blue Devils' exhibition games halfway around the globe.

Guard Quinn Cook is being shut down until at least mid-September to allow his knee injury to continue healing, coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

While Krzyzewski "definitely" expects Cook to be back by the time preseason practice starts in October, the coach said he noticed during workouts before the team's upcoming trip to China and Dubai that Cook didn't have enough strength in the knee. Cook played his senior year in high school with injured ligaments in his right knee.

Auburn's top LB prospect shelved 08/09/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 10:47pm]
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