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August 18, 2009

Kentucky sends Cobb to back specialist

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The biggest news from Tuesday's Kentucky football practice centered around a player who was not on campus.

Sophomore receiver Randall Cobb missed Tuesday's workout due to a lingering back issue that resulted in the training staff sending him to see a specialist in Georgia. He's scheduled to have another session Wednesday morning.

Asked if there was any fear that Cobb's injury is serious, Wildcats coach Rich Brooks said: "Well, it's serious enough that he couldn't practice, and we need to get it straightened out.

"He had an MRI. There's no disc involvement or anything like that, so we need to see what it is. We think it's just muscle spasms. We're trying to get him into a stretching routine that will help him."

With the Sept. 5 season opener against Miami (Ohio) inching ever closer, offensive coach Joker Phillips said the team can't afford to be overly distracted by concerns at this point.

"I'm not worried about it," Phillips said. "You can't worry about injuries. If Randall's not there ... You know, it's been our deal since we've been here. Players have gotten hurt, but we've still won some big games. We've beaten Georgia when we were down to our third back. We beat LSU with a freshman running back. When a guy gets hurt, the next guy has to be ready.

"I expected [Cobb] to be there, but we're not going to shut the program down if he's not."

Cobb will return to Lexington after seeing the specialist on Wednesday.

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