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VIDEO: Ole Miss winds down two-a-days

BLOG — Ole Miss continues to deal with injuries as it wraps up two-a-day practices.

The Rebels started their last day of two-a-days on Friday with a morning practice that lasted approximately two and a half hours. After a sluggish start, Ole Miss picked it up in the latter portions of the workout and “really had a good practice,” head coach Hugh Freeze said.

But more players were missing.

Defensive tackle Issac Gross was held out as he continues to nurse a strained neck. Gross returned to practice earlier this week after missing some time with the injury, but Freeze said it “flared up again.” The plan, Freeze said, is to hold Gross out for a few more days.

Freeze also confirmed cornerback Carlos Davis suffered a torn ACL during the Rebels’ final scrimmage Wednesday night, ending his season. Davis, who will have surgery Monday, is the second cornerback to go down with a season-ending injury in camp, joining Tee Shepard (torn toe tendon).

But Davis was also in line to be the Rebels’ punt returner. Safeties Anthony Alford and Trae Elston along with freshman wideout Markell Pack are getting looks there now, Freeze said.

“That’s another blow to us,” Freeze said.

Among the topics Freeze hits on the following video are Friday’s practice, the injuries and the assessment of Wednesday’s scrimmage, specifically the play of quarterbacks Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade, who haven’t created much separation between themselves in the battle to be Bo Wallace’s backup.

C.J. Johnson also spoke with the media following Friday’s practice. The junior defensive end, who missed the last nine games of last season with a leg injury, said he’s the healthiest he’s been since the beginning of the 2012 season.

Johnson will be bookended by Fadol Brown and freshman Marquis Haynes, who has taken most of the first-team reps opposite Johnson the past couple of weeks. The group should help improve a pass rush that struggled last season once Johnson went down.

Watch Johnson talk about the defense, his impression of Haynes and the injuries in the secondary among other topics in the video below.

 (August 15, 2014)

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