Injury bug hits Cal football during 2nd week of fall camp

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With just over a week of fall training camp in the books, a batch of injuries has finally hit the Cal football team.

Head coach Sonny Dykes revealed after Wednesday’s closed practice that junior linebacker Nathan Broussard — projected on the preseason depth chart to start at middle linebacker — has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee. This is the same injury that Broussard suffered during a scrimmage last fall and is expected to be season-ending once again. Dykes indicated that Broussard likely tweaked his knee during a noncontact drill several days ago. The injury to Broussard, who had been having a solid showing at camp so far and was expected to be a significant contributor to the Bears’ defense, will further deplete a thin linebacking corps.

Freshman safety Quentin Tartabull also tore his ACL, sustaining the injury during Wednesday’s morning practice. Tartabull will also likely be out for the year.

Dykes also announced that sophomore running back Jeffrey Coprich will be out of action for four to eight weeks after breaking his left foot during Tuesday’s practice. Dykes says he hopes that Coprich will return for the Bears’ game at Arizona in September.

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