Syracuse vs. Rutgers: No Contact For #Shamarko, Sir Alec Lemon

Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

As the Orange prepare to take on the Scarlet Knights, Shamarko Thomas and Alec Lemon spent practice in no-contact jerseys on Tuesday. How likely are they to play Saturday?

Of course, we have a few walking wounded Syracuse Orange who's status needs sorting out before this Saturday's showdown with the No. 20 Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

First things first, how's Shamarko Thomas looking? We've been working under the assumption that #SHAMARKO would miss some time with a concussion Upper Body Injury. We knew that Thomas is "day to day" this week but in the meantime he's still on the practice field, albeit while wearing a "no-contact" jersey.

Thomas was in full pads but wore a white "no-contact" jersey, similar to what the SU quarterbacks wear during practices. The 5-foot-10, 206-pound player worked with the first-team defense but avoided hitting offensive players.

In the past when SU players have suffered concussions, they usually haven't been on the practice field the following week.

If there's one injury I trust the SU staff to take care of, it's concussions. So, take it as a good sign.

Meanwhile, the wide receivers are beset with some injuries two two players, one expected and one not so much.

Sir Alec Lemon, who finally seemed to be back at full-strength, spent practice Tuesday in a white "no-contact" jersey. Uh-oh, right? Nope!

SU’s all-time leading receiver is apparently in no danger of missing Saturday’s game at No. 20 Rutgers.

The wideout was in uniform and participating fully in practice drills. He just was being held out of contact because of what one source close to the Orange called a "minor" medical issue – one that’s unrelated to the football field. It’s an upper body issue, and Lemon should be back to normal in a day or two.

Wide receiver Jeremiah Kobena, who were waiting on to also come back and reboot the kick returns, is listed as day-to-day as well. A source close to the team told Dave Rahme that he could be back in uniform before the end of the week and accompany SU to Rutgers, though that doesn't sound too promising. Steve Rene...DO BETTER.

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