Talk about not being ready for work on a Monday.
In a rare move, Colorado Buffaloes head football coach Mike MacIntyre opted to postpone practice on Monday, citing the team’s glut of injuries as the reason for taking an extra day on the sideline.
The Buffs instead will reconvene on Tuesday morning, meaning the team will still hold its full allotment of practices ahead of Saturday’s annual spring game.
Colorado’s depth on defense had taken a hit over the spring, particularly at linebacker and safety.
Linebackers Kenneth Olugbode (ankle) and Ryan Severson (concussion) had been slowed lately by injuries. Olugbode, the team’s fourth-leading tackler last fall, practiced in full pads for the first time this spring on Friday but was held out of full contact drills. Those injuries have allowed Christian Shaver, penciled in as a starter at outside linebacker at the beginning of the spring, to make an impression as a replacement on the inside.
CU has been facing a similar situation at safety, especially after Jaisen Sanchez went down with a torn ACL last week that is expected to keep him sidelined the entire 2016 season. Sanchez’s injury adds to the aches of a safety group that also has seen Afolabi Laguda practicing with a cast on his broken hand, while Ryan Moeller is still working his way back to 100 percent from a moped accident that robbed him of the last half of the 2015 season.
The Buffs’ thin safety corps will receive a boost this summer with the arrival of junior college transfer Kyle Trego.