'Several scenarios' in place for how Virginia offensive line will shake out Saturday
Virginia Coach Mike London said Thursday that the extent to which junior offensive tackle Landon Bradley will be available Saturday against No. 22 Miami has not yet been determined. Bradley -- who sat out the past two games with a broken right hand -- has practiced at both tackle positions this week, and it seems as though he'll get a shot to play at some point in the game.
Bradley's "desire, want-to and will to play is there," London said. "You just never know when you’re matched up against the type of players that he’ll be matched up against, you know, whether the strength and the things that he needs, technique-wise, is going to help him."
After starting the first five games of the season at left tackle, Bradley injured his hand during Virginia's 33-21 loss Oct. 9 at Georgia Tech. He underwent surgery to repair the hand two days later. Sophomore Oday Aboushi -- previously the starting right tackle -- has played left tackle the past two games in Bradley's place. True freshman Morgan Moses has filled in at right tackle.
London said that if Bradley were able to start at one of the two tackle positions Saturday, Moses would start at right guard and fifth-year senior B.J. Cabbell would become a reserve.
"But we’re practicing as if maybe (Bradley) won’t be able to (start), if he can’t handle the pain tolerance or the tape job or whatever’s not working for him," London said. "There’s several scenarios we have in place."
Should Bradley not be able to start, Aboushi would remain at left tackle, Moses would remain at right tackle and Cabbell would remain at right guard. London said it would be a game time decision as to how Bradley will be utilized against Miami.
Team trainers have wrapped Bradley's hand in a variety of ways at practice this week, and London said the degree to which Bradley's hand will be taped up for the game won't be determined until Friday.
"For (Bradley), it’s going to be just tolerating the pain," London said. "The guy’s got screws, pins in his hand, you know, and you’ve got to use your hands to block. A lot of that’s going to be predicated on his ability to fight through that. He’s a tough kid, and like I said, we’ll know kind of game time when he gets thrashing around pre-practice and stuff like that how he’s feeling, and then what we’ll do from there."
| October 28, 2010; 11:44 AM ET
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