Tom Savage's status still up in air

Rutgers returned to practice on Monday morning, but coach Greg Schiano said the team is no closer to knowing whether quarterback Tom Savage can play this week against Connecticut.

Savage, who was already dealing with bruised ribs, injured his throwing hand in the first half of Saturday's 17-14 loss to Tulane. Savage had his middle fingers taped after the game.

"I think that's going to be a game-time decision for sure," Schiano said of Savage's status when asked on Monday's Big East coaches' call. "There's no way of telling right now. We're not going to know until late in the week, if not right before the game."

If Savage can't go in Friday night's conference opener, then true freshman Chas Dodd will get the start. Dodd relieved Savage on Saturday and completed 13 of 29 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown, though he also threw an interception in the final minute. Rutgers' passing game actually looked better at times with Dodd on the field than it has this season with Savage, who has struggled in his sophomore season thus far.

Even if Schiano knew for sure that Savage could or couldn't play this week, you could understand him guarding that information in a short week with a key conference game approaching. The difference between Savage and Dodd isn't so great that it should affect UConn's scouting and preparation too much, however.