Tuesday, April 01, 2008

San Jose Mercury: Cal's front-runner at tailback recovering from hip injury

Best participates in individual drills; 'We have quality depth there,' coach says

By Jonathan Okanes

The biggest news on the first day of Cal's spring football practice involved a player who didn't take a single rep.  Running back Jahvid Best, who was expected to miss all of spring practice to recover from a hip injury, participated in some individual drills Monday during the Bears' first of 15 spring sessions at Memorial Stadium. Best watched when Cal lined up for seven-on-sevens or 11-on-11s, but he looked good running and cutting during his drill work.  There are no plans for Best to participate in any contact or team drills this spring, but the Bears want to put him through some tests to see where he stands physically, Coach Jeff Tedford said.

"I was just told to come out here and go as hard as I can and see how my hip responds," Best said. "After today, I feel pretty good. The only thing I felt is that I'm a little bit out of shape from not doing too much in a long time. But I felt fine."  Best suffered a bruised hip Nov. 10 against USC and missed the rest of the season. Because of the sometimes-touchy nature of hip injuries, the Bears have been cautious with his recovery. Best has gradually tested his hip during his rehabilitation.

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