Oregon State WR James Rodgers showed up at football practice Tuesday afternoon in a golf cart. Please hold the cracks if it was stolen. There was a sign on it saying it belonged to the OSU medical team.
Anyway, he wasn’t able to fill us in on much since Rodgers was off to see the doctor at that moment for more details. He didn’t know the full extent of what was ahead of him. Just that he tore some ligaments.
“I’m feeling pretty good and positive about everything,” he said. “Once I get surgery, I’m going to hit the ground running (in rehab).”
The big question was: are you coming back if you get a medical hardship waiver? He didn’t say yes or no. And that leaves his future up to speculation.
“I have a lot of time to think about that,” Rodgers said. “I’ll talk to coach (Mike) Riley and get his input on everything. And make my decision when the time comes.”
Translation: He’ll rehab and sees how it goes and if he can workout for the NFL scouts. And he’ll see what he finds out about his draft stock from the NFL before deciding to come back or not.
Rodgers watched the replay of the injury, and has no ill will against Arizona S Adam Hall who tackled him deep in the end zone.
“It looked pretty bad,” Rodgers said. “It happens playing football. He was just playing to the whistle.”
Rodgers doesn’t want people feeling sorry for him. He doesn’t like attention anyway, and to him, with him on the sidelines the team should be the focus.
“I’m going to be all right,” Rodgers said. “It’s not about me. We have a lot of games left. I don’t want people focusing on me. I’m hurt. It’s very unfortunate and I’m going to get through it.”
OG Grant Johnson missed practice with a sore neck. … C Alex Linnenkohl (ankle) sat out. … TE Brady Camp (back) participated early and then ran on the sidelines. He looked sore.