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Receiver Robert Lewis out for Washington State’s opener

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 7:22 p.m.

Wide receiver Robert Lewis takes a drink between drills during practice on Aug. 3. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Wide receiver Robert Lewis takes a drink between drills during practice on Aug. 3. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – The Cougars won’t have the services of their top slotback in tonight’s opener versus Montana State.

Robert Lewis, a senior who caught 33 passes for 394 yards in 2016 and was Washington State’s presumptive starter at “H” receiver, didn’t suit up or participate in pregame warmups and will leave the Cougars without their most productive inside receiver in the first game of the season.

Lewis has been “limited” at practice for two weeks now and didn’t finish the team’s second scrimmage at Martin Stadium. He was listed as the team’s starting “H” receiver when WSU released its initial depth chart on Monday.

Redshirt freshman Renard Bell is Lewis’ backup on the depth chart and will presumably make his first career start in his first collegiate game. WSU’s other inside receivers are Kyle Sweet, Jamire Calvin, Travell Harris and Easop Winston. Cougar coach Mike Leach alluded to Winston redshirting during his Thursday radio show with Matt Chazanow.