Following an 0-and-2 start and fresh off a heartbreaking loss to UAB on
the road the Pirates were in desperate need of some good news. That
good news came in the form of a boost to an already stout ECU defense
that played a heck of game in Birmingham, Alabama.
During his weekly press conference on Monday ECU head coach Skip Holtz
stated that linebacker Pierre Bell and defensive lineman Shauntae Hunt
had been cleared to practice after missing the first two games of the
season with injuries.
Bell and Hunt hit the ground running during this week's workouts and
are chomping at the bit to run onto the field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
for the home opener on Saturday. "I didn't think I was going to come
back this early, said Hunt. But God blessed me and I'm just ready to
get out there in front of that crowd and be the captain and be a leader
on my team and help us bring home the first victory this year."
There was good reason for Hunt to be skeptical about an early return to
the field. He was rehabilitating a torn ACL, torn MCL and suffered a
meniscus tear but thanks to surgery and his MCL healing on its own he's
ready for Memphis.
As for Pierre Bell, he is fully recovered from a shoulder injury that
sidelined him during the first two games of the season. "I'm 100
percent" said Bell. "I've been practicing all week. I wouldn't be
practicing if I wasn't 100 percent. I'll be ready for the game."
The bad news of the week is that an MRI on Monday showed that running
back Dominique Lindsay suffered a torn ACL during the second half of
the UAB game and will miss at least four weeks of football, maybe more.
Quarterback James Pinkney tweaked his ankle last Saturday but contrary
to some reports Pinkney briefly wore an ankle brace and did not miss
any practice time this week. Pinkney should be ready to go prior to
kickoff this weekend against Memphis.