-- Tough blow in the morning practice, as DT Ian Scott was hauled off with what looked like a significant knee injury. He was rolled up from behind during live short-yardage work.
(Update 2:30) The injury was to his left knee, which has given him problems since his days at Florida, as well as in the NFL. He walked into the cafeteria for lunch on crutches, with a huge brace and wrap that went all the way to his foot. Still no word from the team on his condition.
That left them with just three healthy DTs to end practice (Gary Gibson, Stephen Willaims and Nick Hayden), since Damione Lewis, Maake Kemoeatu and Darwin Walker were already out with minor problems.
The position was an issue all offseason, and remains one.
-- First good fight went down, with DE Tyler Brayton and RT Jeff Otah swinging on each other. At the end of a play, Brayton shoved the rookie backward, and Otah responded with a huge, overhand right haymaker. A few other fists flew before teammates broke it up.
-- If you're coming down, the afternoon practice has been moved to Snyder Field, the Wofford soccer stadium.
-- Funniest moment was watching OT Frank Omiyale run the Lap of Integrity. After jumping before the snap, Omiyale took off for a lap around the practice field as punishment. They broke for halftime as he was three-quarters finished with his jog, but he made the turn and finished his penance. We salute you, Frank Omiyale, for not ducking under the tent for a cool drink with teammates when you could have.
-- They spent some time doing short-yardage work, and on the whole the defense is better at it right now. There were a few plays, the best of which was a streak outside by RB DeCori Birmingham.
-- They ought to have QB Jake Delhomme miked during practice. He's always on somebody, and Wednesday's victim was CB Richard Marshall, who got scolded for a pass interference penalty. "He Richard, thank you baby," Delhomme said. "We'll take that all day."
-- OT Charles Spencer was out again, as they continue to try to work through the rust.
Stay tuned for updates on Scott and more.
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