Injuries have kept two former USC tailbacks from doing much in their respective pro camps.
As you’ve probably seen, the Tampa Bay Bucs placed Cory Boyd, their seventh-round draft choice, on the waived/injured list last week because of a knee problem.
Boyd, the only USC player taken in this year’s draft, has had an inauspicious start to his NFL career. The sometimes rough-edged New Jersey native got into a fight with teammate Aqib Talib, the Bucs’ first-round pick, at the NFL’s rookie symposium.
On the other end of the continent, Demetris Summers has fared a little better. Summers, the Lexington High star who was booted off the Gamecocks’ team after the 2004 season following several positive tests for marijuana, has appeared in two of the Calgary Stampeders’ first five games.
Summers, who signed a free agent deal with Calgary in May, is Calgary’s top kickoff returner with an average of 28.3 yards per return. As a backup tailback, Summers has six carries for 10 yards and five receptions for 49 yards.
He missed Calgary’s game last week after re-injuring his right ankle, which also sidelined him for an early-season game. Summers was a healthy scratch for the third game he missed.