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Mackey returns to practice

By mrasor Published: October 22, 2007

Football
John Mackey
might set an American football record for quickest return to the field after an ACL tear.
It was just three weeks ago when the Zips' defensive captain went down with the injury against Kent State. Today, J.D. Brookhart said Mackey participated in 20 plays and individual work.
Brookhart said it's not certain that he will be able to play at all, but the team will determine that in the next week. How incredible would his return be?
Other tidbits from Brookhart's weekly press conference:
The team doesn't want to tear off redshirts at this point in the season. That probably includes Matt Rodgers, whom I have heard will not play this season.
The coaches have been very careful to choose the proper regiment during the bye week. They realize the team will play three games in 12 days.
Brookhart is very high on Buffalo running back James Starks, and the Zips' gameplan will focus on limiting him.

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