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With the season opener just nine days away, it’s becoming clear with each practice that the most important thing for the Boston College football team is making sure the key performers are healthy enough to play in it.
After making his only catch of Wednesday’s final scrimmage, junior Bobby Swigert, who has led the Eagles in receiving each of the last two seasons, came up limping and left early.
“His leg had a little ache, I think,” said coach Frank Spaziani.
Because of a string of injuries, both major and minor, Spaziani has had to be cautious about how he uses players in practices and scrimmages, making sure his most important pieces are in place when the Eagles host Miami Sept. 1.
While running backs Rolandan Finch and Andre Williams sat out on Wednesday, Tahj Kimble was in the backfield for the first time this preseason after missing the first three scrimmages with a bruised leg.
“We wanted to get him some work today and get him into a rhythm,” Spaziani said.
Williams, who a year ago suffered an ankle sprain in the next-to-last scrimmage, was healthy enough to participate Wednesday but took the time to rest. Finch, who sprained his left foot in an earlier scrimmage, is progressing and could return to practice this weekend.
“They’re optimistic about it,” Spaziani said. “But you know how that goes — until I see him doing it . . .”
After missing the majority of 2011 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey has been cleared to participate in Thursday’s practice, Spaziani said.
The team went through its last double session Tuesday. Wednesday’s scrimmage replicated game situations down to captains meeting with officials beforehand. Two more practices are on tap this weekend.
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