The Temple University Owls are either enjoying the warmth of their dorm rooms or playing in the snow. Whatever the case, we know Bernard Pierce won't be anywhere near the practice field.
Off on Saturday, the Owls will return to action in prime time against Ohio University this Wednesday night on ESPN. The game figures to be the most important of the season for the Temple.
After injuring his hamstring two weeks ago and sitting out the entire week of practice leading up to the Bowling Green game, Bernard Pierce ran for a touchdown and over 100 yards against the Falcons, but did so in very clear pain.
Coach Steve Addazio updated Pierce's status Friday, refusing to comment on whether or not Bernard would play, but confirming that he will be held out of practice.
Though the coach was unable to comment, Pierce is nonetheless assumed to be available for Temple's crucial matchup with Ohio on Wednesday. How effective Pierce will be or whether he'll have his typical breakaway speed are questions remain a matter of speculation.
The junior running back and the leader of the Temple offense has said multiple times this season that he is determined to prove to both himself and his doubters that he can play an entire season without succumbing to injury.
We'll be back on Wednesday to preview Temple-Ohio and break down Temple's hopes of winning the MAC East and/or qualifying for a bowl game.
As has been the case the past for two years for the Owls, their MAC title hopes could rest on the how they handle Ohio.
CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.
Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.
Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.
Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.
Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.
Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica.
The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.
The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks.
This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.