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Texas Tech dealing with injury bug as spring practice starts

K.J. Morton, Eric Ward AP

Texas Tech has plenty of time to improve on a disappointing 5-7 season last year, but the Red Raiders aren’t starting 2012 off on the right foot.

The Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports that two wide receivers,  Eric Ward (pictured, No. 18) and Marcus Kennard, are expected to miss either all or most of spring practices. Drills for TTU started on Feb. 17.

Ward, who has a bruised shoulder, may not practice this spring while Kennard sustained a hamstring injury that is expected to sideline him for the next several weeks. Ward was the team’s leading receiver last year with 84 receptions for 800 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Barring any more developments, both should be back in time for fall camp. But injuries played a big role in Tech’s struggles last season; the school’s top two rushers last year, Eric Stephens and  Deandre Washington, suffered season-ending knee injuries.

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