Starting defensive tackles Budd Thacker and Andre Fluellen missed practice again. Although Thacker is no longer wearing an orthopedic boot to protect his dislocated toe, he said trainers are concerned about him doing more damage by playing before it is healed. Fluellen is struggling with an elbow injury that kept him out of the Colorado game two weeks ago.
Sophomore TE Charlie Graham returned to practice after struggling with a pulled leg muscle. Sophomore OT Caz Piurowski, who played tight end last season, also is seeing repetitions at his old position.