Practice report: Wednesday quick hits

A few notes from Wednesday afternoon's football practice:

  • Surgery is an option for linebacker Patrick Larimore (shoulder), coach Rick Neuheisel said. Larimore had an MRI taken on his left shoulder and is seeking secondary opinions. Neuheisel said he would know more by the end of the week. The sophomore suffered a dislocated shoulder early in the loss at Oregon and has missed UCLA's last two games.

  • Guard Eddie Williams (sprained right ankle) sat out of practice for a second straight day. He wore a protective walking boot on Tuesday, but ditched it on Wednesday. Freshman Chris Ward earned the reps with the first team in his place.

  • Linebacker Steve Sloan (hamstring) again did not suit up. Safety Dalton Hilliard (concussion), on the other hand, was back in full pads, wearing a red no-contact jersey as he works his way back from the big hit he endured two weeks ago.

  • There were more promising flashes from true freshman tailback Malcolm Jones, who appears to have shaken an ankle issue that was bothering him a few weeks ago. Neuheisel said the extra practice time is allowing him to give Jones more work. "And he's responding," Neuheisel added. Starter Johnathan Franklin has also noticed Jones' improvement. "He's working hard in practice, pretty much," Franklin said. "When you work hard, it pays off. He's going to be a great running back."

  • Wideout Nelson Rosario re-tweaked his ankle on Tuesday but Neuheisel does not believe it is serious. Rosario practiced fully on Wednesday. The junior returned to action Saturday after sitting out the previous three games. He did not make any receptions.