Red Springs coach George Coltharp said over the weekend that preseason all-state playmakers Blake Greene and JuJu Brown will both be gametime decisions for the Red Devils’ Three Rivers Conference home opener against the Bulldogs.
The ultimate say, however, is out of his hands.
“When injuries happen, it’s up to the trainers to determine whether or not players are ready,” Coltharp said. “If they can’t play, we’ve got guys capable of stepping in and doing the job. We know it’s a big game and we’ll do this best we can without them.”
Greene left Friday’s game at Goldsboro for precautionary reasons after colliding with a teammate while trying to make a tackle on an interception return late in the third quarter. Slow to get up, Greene missed the defender after his third pick and went head-first into the knee of offensive lineman Payton Hunt.
“He’s a competitor and was just trying to make a play,” Coltharp said.
Brown was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital after twisting his knee on a kickoff return in the fourth. There appeared to be no ligament damage, but Brown was expected to visit an orthopedist Monday afternoon for further evaluation.
Brown leads area wide receivers in receptions (32), yards (653) and total touchdowns (9) this season.
“Injuries happen, it’s part of the game,” Coltharp said. “It’s definitely not the ideal time to lose two of your best players, but it is what it is.”