Oh, hey guys! Haven't seen you in some time. Have you ever had one of those weeks where you literally forget what day it is, or days where you know you have to use the bathroom, but you can't fit it in your Outlook schedule? I just had three of those weeks in a row. Luckily, though, the business has settled a bit, culminating in a trip to Penn State for the Career Fair. Anyway, let's get on with the injuries.
Again, not too much new, which is good while the other injured players continue to heal. First, the official injuries:
Official Injury List (per Penn State release)
Mike Farrell, T (possible) - Well this is good news, as we can get additional depth at a position that has been slightly disappointing this year. However, given the opponent, there shouldn't be a rush to get Farrell back.
Curtis Drake, WR (probable) - Well Penn State inexplicably burned Bill Belton's redshirt last week, so why rush Curtis Drake back? Sigh. Getting Drake back adds a different dimension, as he can run, pass, and catch the ball out of numerous lineups. Just don't run a reverse with Drake on fourth-and-one, mmkay?
Pete Massaro, DE (out)
Garry Gilliam, TE (out)
Pat Zerbe, FB (out)
Unofficial Injury List
Justin Brown, WR (shoulder) - Brown took a good hit against Temple coming across the middle, and early indications were that his wrist had been injured. Apparently it was just a slight dislocation of his shoulder, and he should be good to go against EMU.
Brandon Beachum, RB (ankle) - Beachum went down after the release of the official injury report, but he could have been added to "Out" for the EMU game. A sprained ankle on Tuesday will keep Beachum on the bench, allowing Curtis Dukes to get some more reps.
Stephfon Green, RB (off-field) - Green still finds his residence in Joe's doghouse, and the official depth chart lists Derek Day as the third-team running back. He's practicing with the team, but don't expect to see him in action.
Chima Okoli, T (ankle) - Okoli still isn't fully over the ankle injury suffered against Alabama, but he played last week against Temple so there is no reason to believe he won't go this week.
Kevin Haplea, TE (liver) - Haplea is back after a brief suspension due to an underage alcohol citation.