Iosefa targets opener

August 3rd, 2013


If all goes according to plan, running back Joey Iosefa might be available to play in the Aug. 29 opener against USC.

"It's been a week since I've been out, and I probably have three more weeks before I start (practicing)," said Iosefa, who suffered a displaced fracture in his left foot last week.

Is playing against USC a possibility? "Yes," he said. "But I have to be smart about myself."

He said he suffered the injury while performing the L-test. "I kind of rolled on it and heard a 'pop,'" he said.

Because the fractured area did not move, surgery was not required. The fracture can heal through the foot being immobilized with a medical boot.

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Head coach Norm Chow said it is too early to set the depth chart, but this was the first practice's No. 1 offensive line:

LT — Sean Shigematsu

LG — Mike Milovale

C — Ben Clarke

RG — Sully Wiefels

RT — Leo Koloamatangi

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Wide receiver Vasquez Haynes was running with the 1s when he said he "tweaked" his right shoulder while trying to make a diving catch. He said it's not a concern, and he expects to resume practicing soon.

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Defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii gave himself so-so grades for his debut, but others were impressed with his first-step quickness. (And his second step, and third step ...) Tulimasealii plays both the 3-technique and nose tackle, depending on the formation.

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