August 14, 2007

Vasquez injury bad luck for already banged up unit

Rain finally came to Camp Tontozona on Monday afternoon after five days of unusually warm, clear-skied weather, but it didn't last long, and didn't prove to be much of a disruption. A brief drizzle at the start of the second practice of the day wouldn't have been enough to halt practice were it not for some lightning in the area.

After an approximate 15-minute delay, the Sun Devils resumed their work, and somehow managed to avoid another ankle injury in the hour and a half that followed.

Earlier in the day, yet another player went down with such an injury when first-team left defensive end Luis Vasquez suffered a high ankle sprain. Vasquez is expected to be out of action for three or four weeks, putting his status for the opening game of the season, on Sept. 1 against San Jose State, in question.

"It's unfortunate," Sun Devil coach Dennis Erickson said of the injury to Vasquez. "It was in a fumble drill. It wasn't even contact. We've had a lot of ankle sprains up here, for whatever reason. A lot of them. More than I've ever, ever been around in my life."

Vasquez was replaced atop the depth chart by senior Kellen Mills, who himself was just returning to action on Monday after being out for a period of time due to an ankle injury of his own.

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