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Healing Up, Holding Up

Several of your Panthers are on the mend, others are ready to play Saturday against Rutgers and a very important offensive player is still awaiting word. Here are your player updates after Tuesday's practice:

Jw    FIU safeties Jeremiah Weatherspoon (left, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo) and Ash Parker are probable to play on Saturday at Rutgers, according to coach Mario Cristobal.

   Weatherspoon left the second quarter of the Alabama game with a strained hamstring, but returned to practice on Tuesday.

   Parker, who hurt his left knee against Alabama, did not practice Tuesday. Parker had surgery last season on his left knee after tearing it in the season opener at Kansas.

 

   Cristobal said the Panthers will have tight end Eric Kirchenberg back on Saturday. The senior missed the opener last week with a knee injury.

   However, it is still unknown if starting tight end Dudley LaPorte will be available to play against the Scarlet Knights.

   LaPorte, a junior college transfer, was not cleared by the NCAA last Friday the day before FIU’s game against the Crimson Tide.

   LaPorte did take snaps with the first team Tuesday, but Cristobal said: “We’re still awaiting word from the NCAA.”

   It will be a day to day wait with DLP as we all know the process Cedric Mack (right) went through.

 

   MC said C-Mack has a chance to play on Saturday. Mount Mack, who is down to 330 pounds from 360, wore pads in practice Tuesday, but was limited.

   When C-Mack finally gets in a game it would be at left guard. Andy Leavine is at left tackle after beatingCmack out Ula Matavao for the starting spot last week at Alabama.

   MC did say Ula is fighting to work his way back into the starting lineup.

   

   Defensive back Jarrell McGee, a junior college All-American last season, was cleared by the NCAA and returned to practice Tuesday. McGee will play against Rutgers.

   Other players expected to be at full strength for Saturday are linebackers Kenny Dillard (ankle), Markeith Russell (hamstring) and Aaron Davis (knee).

 

Aaapaw Saturday's game: FIU at Rutgers at 5 p.m. is on SNY, Channel 639 on DirecTV and there are no blackouts anywhere and there will be another watch party at Sports Grill.

 

Here's a tough poll question for you. Of the players mentioned above, who are still not 100 percent sure to go on Saturday against Rutgers, which one is the most important for the Panthers to have back:

 

 

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