Green sidelined for the spring

I guess the information I got from the team about the three injured players in the Rose Bowl was incorrect. One of the three will miss spring practice and that person is running back Stephfon Green.

Green dislocated his right ankle and will miss 3-4 months, according to team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli. That should be enough time for the speedy tailback to be ready for the fall. It could impinge upon his development in the backfield. Green has lots of talent, but he has some learning still to do and could use the reps carrying to ball to cut down on his turnovers.

Evan Royster is expected to return as the starter at running back, but it's also nice to have a backup that can push a first teamer. Reserve Brent Carter is recovering from an ACL injury and should be close to 100 percent by the fall. Freshman Brandon Beachum is another option in the backfield.

Royster and tackle Dennis Landolt, both of whom injured their left knees in the Rose Bowl, are expected to healthy enough to participate in spring practice. Here's the team's official release on Green.