Posted by Chip Patterson
As Oregon State looks to bounce back from a disappointing 5-7 finish in 2010, Beaver fans are bracing themselves for even more games without multi-purpose threat James Rodgers. Rodgers, who has been slowly recovering from his second knee surgery in January, looks like he will not participate in Oregon State's opener on Saturday against Sacramento State.
Head coach Mike Riley announced on Tuesday that Rodgers has not been fully cleared by doctors for play. The senior wide receiver, and brother of Jacquizz Rodgers, was an all-conference selection in 2009 and provides an irreplaceable threat in Oregon State's return game.
The Beavers should be able their opponents from the Big Sky Conference this weekend without Rodgers. But next week's trip to face Wisconsin in Camp Randall presents an entirely different challenge for Mike Riley's squad. Rodgers has been participating in practice, though still in a "limited" fashion.