JAMES ROUSE'S playing career has been beset by another injury.
The 6-5, 250-pound defensive lineman sat in a wheelchair between the goalposts and Shewey Building field-level entrance during Tuesday's practice.
The Harrisonburg, Va., native wore his white No. 92 jersey, green shorts, a camouflage hat and a protective boot that went from foot to kneecap. Rouse injured his left Achilles tendon in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage.
"He had an Achilles deal that we've got to get looked at," Holliday said. "I'm not sure exactly what they're going to do yet. He'll be out the rest of the spring."
Rouse redshirted in 2009 and played all 12 games in 2010. He made five starts and 19 tackles as a redshirt freshman. He lost all but three games of last season to injury.
With Rouse out, junior college transfer Ken Smith and junior Brandon Sparrow were the first-team defensive tackles.
"Somebody's got to step up; that happens," Holliday said. "We've got a couple guys in the weight room who will get their chance to step up."
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D.J. HUNTER continued to practice with his left hand wrapped. The freshman safety broke two fingers in practice April 3 and missed four spring sessions before returning last Saturday.
Hunter protested a blue no-contact jersey, but still had his clubbed hand as evidence of an injury during Tuesday's practice.
"He tried to sneak on the field with a white jersey Saturday," MU safeties coach Todd Hartley said. "He's a competitor. I told him to club it up. He might have some brass knuckles or something under there."
Freshman running back Remi Watson also participated Tuesday, but wore a blue no-contact jersey as he went through drills and caught passes. He missed last Saturday's scrimmage with a left shoulder injury.
Another running back, Essray Taliaferro, dressed in full pads Tuesday but had his left foot in a protective boot after leaving last Saturday's scrimmage with an injury.
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