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Bolden looking better but still not ready to play

Ralph Bolden is making progress rehabbing from a torn ACL in his knee, but coach Danny Hope still doesn't anticipate Bolden being on the field soon.

Bolden will start to do more in practice this week, but Hope didn't elaborate on what that'd be.

Bolden had knee surgery last spring and said before the season started he wasn't sure if he'd play this year.

Hope said on Tuesday that Bolden won't play in a game unless he's fully healthy and can be comfortable from a confidence standpoint.

"I don't see him playing any time in the next two or three weeks," Hope said. "I wouldn't rule him out for the season because he's starting to push himself more and he's more comfortable with it now and doing more with it. But he's not getting scrimmage reps out on the practice field yet. He's just moving around a little bit, but he looks good doing it. That's how far along he is right now."

  • In other injury news, Hope said freshman kicker Jonathan Linkenheimer will have knee surgery. Linkenheimer injured the knee during training camp. He initially posted on his facebook page that he tore an ACL, though he removed the post, the Lafayette Journal & Courier reported. Hope wouldn't specify the injury on Tuesday.

    "There was some consideration that he still might serve as a backup kicker for part of the season, but I don't believe that's going to happen. I believe he's going to get his surgery scheduled and move on with it."

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