The Bulls received good news Thursday when an MRI on the knee of offensive lineman Mark Popek, who injured his right knee during Wednesday’s practice, revealed that the injury was not as severe as first thought and showed a second-degree MCL sprain, which is expected to keep Popek sidelined from three to six weeks.
The 6’7,288-pound offensive tackle started five of the Bulls last six games last season as a red shirt freshman, and was one of USF’s linemen with starting experience. “He’s a great young man and we need him on this team,” said Holtz. “And we’re just hoping for a speedy and healthy recovery.’’
“He’s already started to go through some of the rehab,” said Holtz. “There are no worries, they know exactly what they’re doing and he has a positive attitude.”
The Bulls offensive line got another boost when starting right tackle Jake Sims returned to practice after missing the past three days of practice while recovering from headaches/concussion-like symptoms. Sims is the most experienced OT on the roster with 19 starts at various positions on the offensive line the past two seasons.
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