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UCLA's Kevin Prince uncertain about recovery

The Bruins quarterback said he is still feeling nagging pain from an AC sprain and a doctor told him he may or may not be ready to play in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29.

December 14, 2009|By Chris Foster

UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince, still recovering from a shoulder injury, took one snap and handed off. That was his high point for practice Sunday.

Bruins Coach Rick Neuheisel is confident that Prince will be back by "midweek" and be ready to play against Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29. Prince, though, came off as more pragmatic.

"One doctor told me that I might be ready to play or I might not," said Prince, who suffered an AC sprain against USC. "There is no set timetable."

Prince said he has thrown the ball some in the past week, but "it's not the most comfortable thing to do. We're trying to stay away from that and let the inflammation go down."

This is the third injury that Prince has had this season. He missed two games after fracturing his jaw against Tennessee and sat out the second half against Washington because of a concussion.

This injury, though, has an uncertain healing process.

"It will be when the pain subsides," Prince said. "They don't know when the pain will decrease. Since the USC game, it has been getting better, but there is still some nagging pain there."

Neuheisel said, "We don't want to rush it. It's a range-of-motion thing, nothing structural."

Freshman Richard Brehaut took the majority of the reps Sunday during a light workout that seemed more a chance to stretch out.

"This is a chance to get a better look at him," offensive coordinator Norm Chow said. "We can look at how he manages the team in practice. He looked good today."

Chow said there is no alternative plan at the moment in case Prince is sidelined for the game.

"We can wait and see how Kevin is later this week," Chow said. "We haven't really worked on anything about Temple yet."

One more time

All UCLA players are ecstatic to get one more game, but none more so than senior linebacker Reggie Carter.

"I get one more shot to go out there and hit somebody," Carter said. "I hear Temple runs the ball a lot. That happens to be what I like to do the most, hit people with the ball. Hopefully they'll come visit me a couple times before the game is over.

"They're like 23rd in the country in rushing, I hope they run the ball every play. I'll be waiting."

Quick hits

Quarterback Nick Crissman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and is expected to be out eight weeks. . . . Wide receiver Randall Carroll missed practice because he was sick, Neuheisel said. . . . Marquis Flowers, a safety/receiver from Goodyear (Ariz.) Millennium High, took an official visit to UCLA this weekend. Flowers is ranked eighth nationally at his position by . . . For the first time since 2000, UCLA will finish the season after USC does. The Trojans play in the Emerald Bowl on Dec. 26.

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