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Tuel practices but reps limited


Practice is over and Jeff Tuel took some snaps in team drills. How did he look? Is he going to play this week? How does he scare his roommates? We have answers to at least a couple of those questions on the link, so read on.


• Tuel's snaps were limited, but he said afterward it felt natural, he knows the offense well enough the time off didn't bother him. But his motion wasn't natural and really hasn't been the past two weeks. When he throws, he can't fling his front shoulder through like he usual does, so the motion is bit truncated. But the accuracy is there, as shown by his ability to put a couple 40-yard tosses into the passing net during a drill. ... He said he's not going to put a percentage on how he's feeling, but today was a good day, the shoulder felt good and the pad he's wearing under his shoulder pads protected his injured area well. ... When asked if he would play this weekend, Tuel said he would see what the doc had to say. He's not cleared right now to play in a contact situation, so if the game had been tonight, he wouldn't have been allowed on the field. But things could change by Saturday. ... Tuel also said he and Marshall Lobbestael are having run with all the talk, with both of them doing their best to argue the other is the better player. You know, the "you're the best," "no, you're the best," type of thing. ... Before coming over to talk with the assembled media – and by Pullman standards, there were quite a few – Tuel did a Root Sports Cougar All Access piece with roommates Gino Simone and Nolan Washington. Those two were accusing Tuel of trying to scare them by opening their doors in the middle of the night and do some sort of screech. Couldn't really get the whole gist of their story but it should be on the show soon. ... As for the rest of practice, it was your typical Tuesday, as the instillation of the game plan slowed things down a bit. Near the end of practice the Cougars did their perfect 10 running drill – they didn't make a single mistake big enough to cause them to restart the drill – and then went right into scout team work.  ... C.J. Mizell and Isiah Barton returned to practice Tuesday – Barton was involved in a slight dustup with freshman linebacker Chester Su'a, the first of those in a while – but right tackle Wade Jacobson had to sit out the last part of practice with a sore back. He's had this problem before. Dan Spitz (sick) was still not at practice. Neither was Leon Brooks (shoulder).


• That's it for tonight. We'll be back in the morning. Until then ...

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