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Dobbs looks sharp; more injury updates

Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo was pleased with the Ricky Dobbs he saw in practice this week, particularly on Wednesday; the junior quarterback looked strong while running the ball and sharp while throwing it. Dobbs will start against Notre Dame on Saturday after resting for much of the past two weeks with an injured right knee.

"I'm always looking to see if he's dragging his leg or anything like that. I didn't see any of that," Niumatalolo said. "He ran hard, ran hard in conditioning, threw the ball well. I'm hoping maybe those two weeks off, maybe it'll be a fresher Ricky. He was taking a pounding for however many games he played. He carried the ball a ton, and maybe those two weeks off kind of let him rejuvenate and freshen up a little bit."

Sophomore Kriss Proctor, who is nursing a sprained ankle, will serve as Dobbs's backup on Saturday.

The Midshipmen were hoping to get sophomore slotback Marcus Curry back this week, but he is doubtful for the game, according to Niumatalolo.

"He wasn't really able to open up [and sprint]. He did some things, but is still a little bit hesitant in opening up," Niumatalolo said of Curry, who has missed the last two games with a pulled quadriceps.

Sophomore defensive end Jabaree Tuani was in a red jersey and was limited in practice this week, but is expected to play. "He's just still a little stiff, so we're being cautious with him," Niumatalolo said.

By Camille Powell  |  November 5, 2009; 11:45 AM ET
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