August 22, 2007
Rod: Lankster and Thomas 'not an issue'
MORGANTOWN-Rich Rodriguez downplayed the distraction his team has faced since the arrest and suspension of Ellis Lankster and James Thomas while addressing the media on Wednesday. "We've had distractions before. We had distractions before the last game of last year when everyone had me going to Alabama, and we went out and won the game with the second quarterback," he said.
"It's the old lion king approach," he continued. "The monkey hits the lion over the head, and the lion asks, 'What'd you do that for?' The monkey says, 'It doesn't matter, it's in the past.' You know about it, and you deal with it. Our kids our focused on what they're doing, which is getting ready to play a game in ten days, so it's not an issue."
What continues to be an issue for the Mountaineers is the proliferation of injuries at several key positions.
At wide receiver, a position Rodriguez called the most unstable at this point of fall camp, Nate Sowers has suffered an unspecified injury to his hand. He missed practice on Wednesday to undergo an X-Ray, which revealed no broken bones. He is expected to return to practice on Thursday. Also, Wes Lyons continues to suffer from a chronically sore knee and is "way behind", according to Rodriguez.
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