The answer is not in the breadth of the injuries, but in the depth of them. There have been to MRIs done on football player knee injuries in the past two days, and both of them have brought what seems to be good news.
The indication from earlier on Wednesday was that Glen Coffee, the sophomore running back who is coming off a surgery of the summer, will not need surgery on his injured right knee. Mike Shula said today Coffee could be out for four weeks, however.
Offensive guard David Ross, who injured his right knee in practice Tuesday night, got similarly good news from an MRI today. His injury was also classified as a sprain, and while it's uncertain how long he will miss, it doesn't appear that will require surgery.
"Good news on both of those guys," Shula called it.
There appears to be a perceptible silver lining in other injury news as well. Wallace Gilberry was in the orange "injured" jersey again today, but with his defensive end unit in some individual drills. He was favoring the injured side where he hurt his neck making a tackle, but he should heal with rest.
Linebacker Terrence Jones was practicing with tape wrapped around his right thumb. That prevented him from hitting the sled in individual drills, but as linebacker coach Joe Kines said, Terrence hit it better with one hand than some can with two.
Receivers Aaron McDaniel and Jake Jones (hip flexor) were in orange jerseys and out of full contact work, as were offensive lineman Mike Johnson (ankle), defensive tackle Brandon Fanney (neck), kicker Jamie Christensen (groin), linebacker Darren Mustin (ankle) and fullback Baron Huber (dehydrated).