Another day, another practice.
Day four brought much of the same the first three days.
Deontae Cooper was at practice and smiling. I don’t know how the kid does it. But he was there the whole time. Cooper actually suffered the injury in Monday’s practice on a routine handoff drill. He went to cut and felt something in the back of the calf of according to head coach Steve Sarkisian.
The team was notified at last night’s team meetings.
On the injury front, the pertinent news is that Hau’oli Jamora will be out for about two weeks. Jamora suffered a sprained knee on Wednesday and did not practice on Thursday. It was the same knee that he was recovering from offseason ACL surgery. Sarkisian said after practice that Jamora will have arthroscopic surgery to check on the meniscus and any other damage inside the knee.
Nate Fellner and Taz Stevenson both left practice on a cart. Fellner suffered a foot injury during a one-on-one pass coverage drill right in front of us. He didn’t fall down or get hit, he just started grabbing at his foot. Stevenson was battling migraine headaches, but Sarksisian said that any issue involving a head they want to take every precaution.
James Johnson did practice because of a foot injury suffered either late in Wednesday’s practice or during Thursday’s morning walk-through session. Again, the injury occurred without some contact.
As for practice, you can add Sean Parker and Talia Crichton to the list of players kicked off the field for late hits. Crichton hit Ben Riva a little hard at the end of the whistle. Riva fell backward and knocked Keith Price to the ground.
Parker’s play was pretty silly. Desmond Trufant and Willis Wilson got into a shoving/jawing confrontation after a play and Parker came over and gave Wilson a hard shove knocking him to the ground. That brought Kasen Williams into the mix and all four were shoving and talking. Sarkisian was livid and sent Parker off the field, and told him to stand down in the corner where KJR was broadcasting.
In non-disciplinary news, Shaq Thompson saw plenty of reps with the first-team nickel and dime packages. In those schemes, they have him playing in the flats more, covering the inside receivers.
In some good news, Colin Tanigawa worked with the first team offensive line in the 11-on-11 two minute drill. That’s the first team action Tanigawa saw this fall camp. He didn’t participate in any more team drills, but it’s a start.
I wish I could give you more info on the offensive line, but they are off limits to the media right now and for the foreseeable future under orders of o-line coach Dan Cozzetto. He also declined interview requests as well
In the kicking battle, Travis Coons went 3-for-3 … all of the kicks were 40 yards or less. Korey Durkee went 2-for-3 but his miss came on a bad snap and hold.