Oregon State fighting the injury bug

THE BEAVS LOOK to be a little banged up heading into their tilt against Washington. And the list includes wide receiver/return man Markus Wheaton, who many hoped would be able to ably replace James Rodgers, (as well as anyone can replace Quon, anyway). Add to that the fact two-fifths of the Beaver o-line is hurting a bit.

Markus Wheaton has swelling in his knee, The Oregonian, Corvallis Gazette Times and others have reported. Mike Riley said he should be available by Saturday, but at what percent of full health remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, up front on the offensive line, center Alex Linnenkohl has a re-injured ankle while left guard Grant Johnson (neck) has also been limited this week.

Linnenkohl, a senior, has been extremely durable and reliable for the Beavs -- an NFL prospect, he would be making his 33rd consecutive start for OSU against Washington on Saturday. And Johnson is a key cog on the Beaver line. Riley is hopeful both will participate more in the Thursday and Friday practices and then be good to go by Saturday. But again, as with Wheaton, part of the question also revolves around how close to 100 percent they are by game time.

Also, with Taylor Henry's back issues continuing, DE Dominic Glover has moved into the starting role opposite fellow d-end Gabe Miller.

TE Brady Camp (back) is out, which likely means that John Reese, as well as Colby Prince, will shoulder the tight end responsibilities.

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