Freeze updates the injury list

An injury update from Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze after today’s practice.

Concussions tests have gone well for safety Trae Elston, and it looks like he’ll be available for Texas A&M.

Freeze says defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche has one more series of tests tomorrow. If they go well he should also be ready to play Saturday night.

The most reassuring injury news is that linebacker C.J. Johnson is back after knee surgery on a torn meniscus following the Florida game.

It’s unclear how many snaps Johnson might play, but Freeze is excited to have his leadership skills back on the field.

“I don’t know how many reps, I hope it’s a bunch. I don’t think it will be because of his knee, it would just be because of game type conditioning. He’s looked good both days in practice though. We’ve managed his reps a bit. It’s good to have him back running around. He’s one of the guys … there’s no doubt between he and Issac and Tony, that vocal leadership, somebody that’s been through those battles when things aren’t going your way. It’s good to have him back on the field for sure,” Freeze said.

Safety Tony Conner had the same injury in Week 3 against Alabama and isn’t back yet. Freeze isn’t sure that Conner will be back this year.

“I don’t know. I really try not to speculate on those things. I talked to him yesterday. He definitely feels better. I think they’re going to go back to running him next week, and we’ll see the reaction of the knee,” Freeze said.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    Getting C.J. Johnson back on “D” will mean a lot to the Land Sharks.
    He’s someone the ‘D’ rallies around like they did the previous years with D.T. Shackleford. His leadership on the field is invaluable. I hope he can help get ’em back into that same mentality/mindframe (of both focus & intensity) when they went to T’town and beat Bama.
    Tunsil & Garrett ‘going head to head’ will be something to watch. Looking forward to a competitive game…and a Rebel (squeaker) win.

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