By LARRY VAUGHT
This is not the way Kentucky coach Rich Brooks wanted to spend Wednesday preparing for SaturdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s important Southeastern Conference game at Georgia.
Defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, who has started every game, missed practice due to illness. Middle linebacker Micah Johnson, UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leading tackler, watched practice because of a foot injury.
But they are expected to play Saturday. However, Randall Cobb might not.
Cobb, UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most versatile player, couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t finish WednesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s practice because of a bruised shoulder.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I would say he is questionable for the game. His shoulder is bruised pretty bad. At this point, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if he will play or not,Ã¢â‚¬Â Brooks said.
If he canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t, that would mean receivers LaRod King, Chris Matthews and Gene McCaskill would have to play much more prominent roles. It would mean running back Derrick Locke would have to have his biggest game of the season for UK to win. It would also mean there would be no margin of error for true freshman quarterback Morgan Newton because there will be no WildCobb formation to let Cobb loose.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We obviously want him to play,Ã¢â‚¬Â UK offensive tackle Zipp Duncan said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But if Randall is hurting and canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play, we will have to find a way to win.Ã¢â‚¬Â
But without CobbÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s running, catching, passing and returning, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot harder.
However, if Cobb can raise the shoulder, I think he plays. He might not be 100 percent, but the kid is a warrior. Still, just knowing he could not complete practice today was not a good sign for the Cats going into a game that they need to win to make a dramatic improvement in their season.