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UI’s top two WRs could be out for opener

Justin Veltung's injury is well known — Idaho's top receiver has been battling a turf toe injury since the first scrimmage of fall camp. But Preston Davis' is a recent development, and it will keep him out of the season opener against Bowling Green — a team he starred against two years ago — in the Kibbie Dome on Thursday night (6 p.m.).

Read on for more about the injuries to Idaho's top two receivers and other notes.


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Davis, who missed two games last year after an offseason ACL tear, sustained a foot injury Sunday and could be out multiple weeks, coach Robb Akey said. The coach said the injury is not season-ending. Davis was seen after Monday's practice with a boot on his right foot and walking with crutches.

The senior will miss the rematch with Bowling Green after catching the game-winning pass on a two-point conversion in overtime to help the Vandals upend BGSU in the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl.

Akey said he's still hopeful that Veltung will be able to play. But the 5-11 junior has not yet practiced after suffering the toe injury on Aug. 10. Veltung is making progress, Akey said, but the explosive wideout/kick returner is the most likely to miss the opener among the assorted Vandals who were injured in fall camp.

If Veltung can't go, who will replace him and Davis? Mike Scott and Landon Weaver are backups to both on the newly released depth chart. Curiously, Armauni Johnson is not listed. Quarterback Brian Reader also mentioned Marcel Posey as a key replacement.

In other news …

  • Akey said reserve offensive tackle Kyle Salm will decide soon whether to have season-ending surgery on his shoulder. Salm was injured at the end of the Vandals' second scrimmage.
  • Kama Bailey is listed as the top tailback on the depth chart. He's been in a heated battle with Ryan Bass, Princeton McCarty and Troy Vital for carries. Bass and McCarty are listed on co-No. 2s on the two-deep. Akey said all three will share carries; he hopes the situation will be better defined after this week.
  • Spencer Beale, a redshirt freshman, and Brady Lisoski are listed as second-string tackles. Neither has played a Division I game. The Vandals' depth at tackle after Matt Cleveland and Tyrone Novikoff is something to keep an eye on.
  • Bradley Njoku is listed as the backup strong and free safety behind Quin Ashley and Gary Walker, respectively. James Randall has moved to linebacker. Trey Williams and Kenneth Patten would be the other options.

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