Cal's linebacker depth will be tested Saturday against Oregon State, as injuries might sideline two key contributors.
Starting outside linebacker Chris McCain suffered a concussion last week against Washington State that sent him to San Francisco General Hospital. All tests came out fine, according to Cal coach Jeff Tedford, but McCain will have to be cleared by the team's medical staff if he's to play against the Beavers.
David Wilkerson, a regular in the playing rotation at outside linebacker, underwent an MRI on Sunday for a left knee injury. The severity of the injury hasn't been revealed, but considering Wilkerson was walking on crutches Sunday with a brace on his knee, it appears he could be out for an extended period.
Wilkerson began the season as a starter but also was hampered early by an ankle problem.
The injuries likely mean a more prominent role for true freshman Cecil Whiteside, who has impressed as the season has worn on. He registered a sack, a tackle for loss and a broken-up pass against Washington State.
"It's all about the team for us as a defense," Whiteside said. "If one falls off, one has to step in and take the role."
Tedford said he remains confident in his linebacker depth as the Bears prepare for Oregon State, and he's been pleased with Whiteside's development.
"He played a good game (Saturday) and made some plays," Tedford said. "The more experience you have, the faster you can
Tedford didn't offer many details, saying it was "more serious than the flu" but was not heart-related. Schwenke, a junior, was released from the hospital Sunday and participated lightly in a team workout that day. He was not available for comment.
Should he be unavailable against the Beavers, senior Justin Gates would make his second straight start.
Oregon State (2-7, 2-4 Pac-12) at Cal (5-4, 2-4) at AT&T Park, 3:30 p.m. CSNCA