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Mike London on health of Dowling, McLeod: 'It remains to be seen'

Virginia Coach Mike London said in a teleconference Sunday night that he was unsure whether senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling or junior strong safety Rodney McLeod -- both of whom are starters -- will be available to play this week when the Cavaliers travel to face No. 14 Southern California. Neither Dowling (hamstring) nor McLeod (left knee) played during Virginia's season-opening win over Richmond on Saturday.

"It remains to be seen," London said. "I’m probably more optimistic about Ras-I than I am about Rodney right now. We’ll see in the morning. We’ll see tomorrow how those guys look. Even with Ras-I, it may be another game time decision with him. I’m not sure about Rodney, but like I said, we’ll see. I know both of them want to play, that’s for sure, particularly in this game coming up."

After reviewing game film from the Richmond win Sunday morning, the Virginia coaching staff turned its attention to USC later in the day. London said he would continue to watch tape of the Trojans' 49-36 win Thursday at Hawaii late into the night. Due to the more extensive travel necessary this week, the team's typical routine will be altered.

Usually, players have Mondays off. This week, however, the Cavaliers will practice "early, early" Monday morning, London said. Essentially, everything will be pushed up a day. Monday's practice will resemble a workout the team typically would carry out on Tuesdays. Tuesday's practice will resemble a typical Wednesday workout. Wednesday's practice will resemble a typical Thursday workout.

On Thursday, the team will travel to Los Angeles and begin aclimating itself to the time zone change. Virginia then will go through a light workout on Friday in advance of the game Saturday night.

"It does cause for some shifting and things like that, but I’ve looked at the schedule and talked to some other people who’ve flown out west from the east, and you try to take all things into consideration," London said. "So we came up with this plan, and then we’ll be back after the game on Saturday, and we’ll get in early, early Sunday morning and then start the routine all over again."

By Steve Yanda  |  September 5, 2010; 7:21 PM ET
 
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