Serious ankle injury sends tailback Imari Thompson to MRI


ELY — Sophomore tailback Imari Thompson suffered an apparently serious right ankle injury at UNLV's afternoon football practice today.

Coach Bobby Hauck said Thompson would have an MRI, and more information would be available Sunday.

Thompson is competing for the tailback position, but he has been running behind at least three other backs.

WALKING WOUNDED

The training camp injuries are piling up with more players missing some time, including a large chunk of the wide receivers unit. The injuries aren't serious enough to keep any player out for an extended time, but are a sign of the toll camp is taking on plays.

Some players are playing anyway. Senior linebacker Starr Fuimaono and senior defensive tackle Isaako Aaitui are practicing with casts on their hands, and redshirt freshman tailback Bradley Randle didn't come out despite limping. Junior defensive end B.J. Bell has been limping, but has stayed on the practice field.

Hauck's policy is he will not discuss in detail injuries unless a player is expected to be out a considerable amount of time.

TOP PLAYS

— Senior quarterback Omar Clayton completed a 73-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Phillip Payne.

— Randle broke two tackles on a 22-yard run.

— Junior cornerback Will Chandler and freshman cornerback Kenneth Penny each intercepted a pass.

— Senior defensive end Preston Brooks sacked Clayton.

— Junior linebacker Nate Carter tackled Randle for a loss.