LOS ANGELES -- One of the positions that has been hit hardest this spring by injuries has been the tight end spot. At one point, all four tight ends were sidelined with various injuries, but the last two practices have seen some positive movement.
Xavier Grimble returned to practice on Thursday and was able to take part in the Saturday scrimmage. Junior Pomee -- who has been out with the same foot injury that sidelined him for the 2011 season -- was also able to take part in a portion of the Saturday session before leaving when the foot got a little sore.
“I’m probably about 90 percent right now,” Pomee said after the Saturday scrimmage. “It felt good all week, so that’s why I tried to go today, but it started to ache a little so I told the coaches and they had me shut it down and put ice on it.”
When talking to any of the injured players, you hear them all talk about how hard it is to be on the sidelines when the team is experiencing depth issues. The players have to balance the desire to help their teammates with the need to get healthy before a return to action.
“It’s been super frustrating,” Pomee said. “I came into spring thinking I was fully healthy but then to hurt the foot again, man, that was tough. You want to be out on the field with your teammates but you can’t do it with a hurt foot so it’s just a matter of focusing on getting treatment and getting things right.”
The good news for the tight ends is that none of the injuries appear serious enough to linger until the season and Pomee is anxious to get to that point so that he can join his fellow tight ends on the field and prove their worth.
“If we’re all healthy you won’t find too many position groups better than that,” Pomee said. “We’ve got four of us now and then Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick is coming in the fall as well. I just want to show people what I can do. I’m an athletic tight end, I can catch the ball and I can run. I want to do the same things that Randall (Telfer) did for the team last year.”