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Sophomore fullback Alexander Teich hopped off the field in pain during the second quarter against Air Force on Saturday and threw his helmet on the sideline in frustration. On Monday, his sprained left ankle was in a protective boot. Teich is doubtful for this weekend's game at Rice, according to Coach Ken Niumatalolo. "He didn't look too good today, looking at him run around," Niumatalolo said.

Junior Vince Murray will practice with the starters this week, with senior Jordan Eddington—a former linebacker who switched to fullback in the spring—moving into the back-up role. Murray rushed for 67 yards on 22 carries against the Falcons.

Senior right guard Andy Lark also watched practice on Monday; his right foot was in a protective boot. Niumatalolo said that Lark is questionable; if he can't play, sophomore Brady DeMell will likely take his place. DeMell started at right guard against Western Kentucky when Lark was nursing a neck injury.

At this time a year ago, the Midshipmen were heading into their bye week and the respite helped some of their injured players recover. Navy doesn't have that luxury this year; it is in the midst of 11 straight weeks of games. The Midshipmen don't get a Saturday off until Nov. 21, the week before they travel to Hawaii.

"We're hurting," Niumatalolo said. "Obviously, our first four games were physical games, and this game Saturday was a very physical game with two teams running the ball. We're banged up, but you know what? So are a lot of other people in the country. We've got to find a way to get some treatment. Nobody is going to be 100 percent health-wise. We've got to find a way to fight through it."

By Camille Powell  |  October 6, 2009; 9:34 AM ET
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