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Gazette Premium Content AFA FOOTBALL: Rembert returns to practice; Saturday game nearly sold out

FRANK SCHWAB Updated: September 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

Cornerback Reggie Rembert, who Falcons coach Troy Calhoun said Tuesday was "a long shot" to play this week against BYU, practiced Wednesday.

Calhoun said Tuesday that Rembert wasn’t likely to practice this week because of a neck injury. Calhoun has been publicly pessimistic about Rembert's chances of playing since last week's game. Calhoun didn’t clarify the situation much after Rembert returned to practice Wednesday.

“He’s got a ways to go,” Calhoun said. “We’ll see.”

Calhoun didn’t speculate on Rembert’s chances of playing. Even though Rembert practiced, he wore a red noncontact jersey.

Cornerback Anthony Wright (ribs) returned to practice and will likely play this week. Calhoun has said his injury is not serious.

 

Preparing for Rembert

 

Rembert’s change in status might not mean too much to BYU. The Cougars have figured all week that Rembert will play, and have prepared for him. BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said it is his philosophy to prepare for a team’s best players, even if they are questionable.

“We’ll be aware of it certainly, but we’ll prepare for Reggie, and we hope he does play,” Mendenhall said.

 

Almost sold out

 

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Falcons had sold about 42,000 tickets for Saturday’s game, which might be the last game against longtime rival BYU for a while. The Cougars are leaving the conference after this season. Falcon Stadium holds 46,692, so there is a chance for a sellout this week.

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