Never-started careers of OL, RB likely over

GRADY MAXWELL

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN Grady Maxwell's Cougar career, on hold with knee problems since his first day on campus, never got started. Neither did fleet footed Skylar Jessen's. The door remains slightly ajar but indications from the head athletic trainer at Washington State are that the outlook is ominous for the big man from Tacoma whose first cousin is Marcus Trufant and the running back from Spokane.

Never say never, but the injuries -- Maxwell has missed time with back and knee issues, Jessen for his hamstring -- are considered chronic, said WSU's head trainer.

While participation this season is out, barring something unexpected, the forecast for a return at any time is also dim.

"Skylar Jessen and Grady Maxwell will not be able to continue with football at this time due to chronic injury," said Bill Drake, head of athletic training services at Washington State.

The 6-2, 309-pound Maxwell, from Curtis High, arrived at Washington State unable to fully participate in his first fall camp at in '06 and has practiced sparingly ever since.

Jessen first strained his hamstring his senior year in high school and then tore it 12 months ago in spring ball. He has not practiced since. For more on Jessen's odyssey, see this article.

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