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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach Rich Brooks believes Randall CobbÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sprained thumb will be well enough for him to play Saturday at Vanderbilt.
Cobb, UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most versatile offensive player, did not play against Eastern Kentucky after spraining his thumb in practice Thursday. He tried to warm up for the Eastern game but the pain forced a splint and then a cast to be put on his left hand.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Cobb is still in a cast. They took it out and treated it and it was better, but they put it back in the cast,Ã¢â‚¬Â Brooks said Sunday. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We think the worst case would be Randall would play with a splint on the thumb.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Kentucky running back Alfonso Smith has played with a splint on his thumb most of the season, but Brooks said SmithÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s injury is more serious.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It (a splint) certainly would not limit him nearly as much as if he had a cast on. We have had other skill players play with a splint on his thumb. RandallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s injury is not as bad as AlfonsoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. The ligament is not torn or fractured. We think it is a bone bruise because he took a ball right on the end of the thumb.Ã¢â‚¬Â Brooks said.
The coach said itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just a matter of giving the thumb time to heal to determine what CobbÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s playing status will be at Vanderbilt.
Brooks says his team has anÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“extensive injury listÃ¢â‚¬Â going into this week but he expects most players to be at practice Tuesday.
Running back Derrick LockeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s knee is better and Brooks says he could practice Tuesday possibly after missing SaturdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game with Eastern Kentucky.
Here are other players with injuries going into this week: Safety Winston Guy (ankle), running back Moncell Allen (knee), defensive ends DeQuin Evans (ankle) Taylor Wyndham (shoulder), cornerback Paul Warford (quad), receivers Chris Matthews (foot) and Gene McCaskill (toe), offensive lineman Christian Johnson (toe), cornerback Trevard Lindley (ankle), defensive lineman Mark Crawford (foot, toe) and linebacker Danny Trevathan (quad).
Brooks says the most serious injury is to tight end T.C. DrakeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s groin problem and a MRI is scheduled for Monday. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He is having a hard time walking. I would say he is doubtful (against Vanderbilt),Ã¢â‚¬Â Brooks said.
The UK coach says Lindley, who had missed four games, re-aggravated the same ankle injury late in the first half against Eastern. Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is no real swelling, but there is renewed soreness. It could be some old scar tissue,Ã¢â‚¬Â Brooks said.
Safety Matt Lentz did not play against Eastern Kentucky because of a turf toe problem but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s expected back at practice Tuesday.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is the longest one (injury list) we have had all year. A lot is re-aggravation of old injuries or just the grind of the season,Ã¢â‚¬Â Brooks said.