SAN JOSE -- San Jose State freshman running back Thomas Tucker, carted off the field Oct. 12 with a concussion, returned to practice with the Spartans on Wednesday.

"It was great having him out here," SJSU coach Ron Caragher said. "He's been cleared to practice. It's good to have him back. He's cleared all the protocol for practicing. He's a candidate to play Saturday."

The Spartans (3-3, 2-1 Mountain West Conference) will have to see how Tucker responds over the next three days to determine if he'll play Saturday against Wyoming (4-3, 2-1). Wednesday was the final practice in full pads this week.

Tucker was injured in the 34-27 win over Colorado State. He caught a 6-yard pass and was upended and landed awkwardly on his head and neck and received medical attention on the field before being transported by ambulance to a local hospital. He was released in time to fly home with the team that evening.

Tucker was a spectator at Sunday's practice for the first time since the injury but getting him back participating on the field was a welcomed sight. Caragher had indicated Monday that Tucker might need additional time before he could return.

"I'm really encouraged to see him back," Caragher said. "It was a real boost to the team. He's a well-liked young man in the program."


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