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Posted on: October 9, 2010 8:37 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 10:30 pm
 

James Rodgers has potentially serious knee inury

Posted by Adam Jacobi



With about five minutes left in the second quarter, Oregon State quarterback Ryan Katz found James Rodgers on a long post route for an apparent 56-yard touchdown. After Rodgers crossed the goal line, the Arizona defensive back covering him tackled him awkwardly. Rodgers' cleats seemed to stick in the turf, and Rodgers' left knee buckled under him. After it buckled, his leg flailed as Rodgers rolled to a stop. It looked bad.

Rodgers stayed on the ground in obvious pain, and when trainers helped him on the field, they didn't let him put any weight on his left leg. After a quick examination, the trainers immobilized Rodgers' knee and wrapped it in ice, and Rodgers went to the locker room on crutches. A trainer followed him, holding a cast.

We'll keep you updated with any developments, but having seen the injury, it seems like Rodgers' season could be over. That's a shame for such a talented receiver on his first game back from a devastating concussion (on an illegal hit) suffered against Boise State.

Oh, and Rodgers' touchdown was called back thanks to an ineligible receiver downfield.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 1:27 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 1:28 pm
 

James Rodgers practicing with Beavers

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Oregon State Beavers were able to shake off two early season losses to non-AQ darlings TCU and Boise State by winning their first Pac-10 game against Arizona State on Saturday night.  The first time the Beavers have won their conference opener since 2003.

Even more impressive for Oregon State was that they were able to get the win without wide receiver James Rodgers, who was held out for precautionary reasons following the concussion he suffered in the loss to Boise State.  Of course, with a bigger test against the ninth-ranked Arizona Wildcats in Tuscon looming on the horizon for this weekend, it'd be nice of the Beavers can get Rodgers back.

Considering that Rodgers ran with the team and caught passes on Sunday, signs are that they will.

Markus Wheaton did a nice job filling in for Rodgers on Saturday, catching four passes for 48 yards, but the Beavers offense is a lot more potent when it has both of its Rodgers brothers on the field.  Considering the way the Arizona Wildcats defense has played this season -- they're third in the FBS in points allowed per game, only 11.0 a game -- the Beavers are going to need all the weapons they can get to pick up another conference win.

Posted on: September 29, 2010 4:30 pm
 

Boise State safety Venable suspended for one half

Posted by Adam Jacobi

When Boise State kicks off their conference season against powerhouse (cough) New Mexico State this weekend, they'll be doing so without one of their leaders on defense. Winston Venable, a senior safety, was suspended one half by WAC commissioner Karl Benson after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Oregon State wide receiver James Rodgers. From Benson:

"After reviewing this play, it was determined that a flagrant personal foul should have been called by the game officials which would have resulted in the player being ejected" said WAC commissioner Karl Benson.

Rodgers, who wasn't even the ball-carrier on the play (it was a quarterback scramble by Ryan Katz), suffered a concussion and appeared to lose consciousness briefly.

The WAC was planning on suspending Venable for a game before a Boise State appeal cut the punishment in half. The Broncos obviously don't need to have Venable in their secondary to beat NMSU; heck, they could throw head coach Chris Peterson back there and still win by 30. But preparation and routine are important in football, and it'll be easier for Venable to stay in the proper mindset for the season if he's going through practice and preparing to actually be on the field come Saturday -- even if the game could be such a blowout that the rest of the starters will be ordered to sit at the half.

To the larger point, though, it's nice to see a commissioner's office take some proactive steps to combat this sort of thing. Venable's hit didn't make a lot of sense from a football perspective; he didn't try to shed the block, he just decided to initiate the inevitable contact rather than absorb it, and he laid a hellacious hit on Rodgers. Of course, while he was doing that, Katz was staying on his feet and picking up the first down. Tactically, it was a dumb decision, and it ended up being a pretty dangerous one too. Football's got to start actively avoiding that style of play; it's not "dirty" in the normal sense of the word, but it leads to enough brain injury -- on both sides and both immediate and cumulative -- that it's in everybody's best interests to stop such play.

 
 
 
 
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