Syracuse hit with injuries again

The most unwanted story out of Syracuse camp was all the injuries that hit the team.

Starting safeties Shamarko Thomas and Phillip Thomas missed time. So did starting cornerback Keon Lyn. Backup offensive linemen went down left and right. Despite all the injuries, only one player -- backup tackle Sean Hickey (knee) was lost for the season.

But now that the season has started, the injuries have not slowed down. The school announced Tuesday that starting defensive end Chandler Jones, cornerback Ri'Shard Anderson and backup safety Olando Fisher were all hurt last week and out indefinitely. The school did not disclose the severity of their injuries, saying only Jones and Fisher had lower body injuries and Anderson an upper body injury.

All three are certain to miss Saturday's game against Rhode Island. That may be fine against an FCS opponent. But next week, Syracuse travels to play USC, and it's going to need all its best players healthy for that one. There has been no timetable given for their return.

Jones and Fisher played the whole game against Wake Forest. Anderson, who started last week, left early in the game with what appeared to be a wrist injury.

Losing Jones for an extended period could hurt big time. He is one of the most experienced players on the defense and a leader on the line. With Jones out, Torrey Ball is expected to start and Brandon Sharpe will get additional playing time. Both have played as backups but neither one has started. The defensive line already has two new starters inside at tackle and had its share of problems against Wake Forest early in the game.