Seeing defensive tackle Te’Jay Brown walking around the practice field in shorts and a boot on his left foot was not good news for a Colorado State team already depleted at the position. What was good news was starter John Froland was back out in pads and not in a red jersey, getting in a full day’s work.
It will help against a UTEP team that has started to find its running attack, with Joey Banyard averaging 8.1 yards per carry and big games the past two weeks.
So would the return of linebacker Mike Orakpo. While he was out of pads, he was getting in a full session of running and work in on the side, another possibly good sign as he tries to return from a concussion in last week’s game. With a two-game slide heading out on the road, the Rams need all the help they can get.