Report: Pike unlikely to play Saturday

Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly said on his radio show he doesn't think quarterback Tony Pike will play against Syracuse on Saturday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Thursday.

Kelly, the newspaper reported, said the cast Pike is wearing on his left forearm was removed for awhile Thursday while Pike did rehab.

"He threw the ball around pretty effectively," Kelly said on the radio show. "He was pretty sore, but we're moving in the right direction. I can't see him playing this weekend unless it's an emergency situation, but I think we're getting closer and closer with Tony."

Pike broke his left forearm and dislocated the wrist last season. He had a plate and six screws inserted and returned after missing two games. The injury gave him problems during his first few games back, causing numbness and pain in the left hand.

Pike's arm got better as the season went along, and he led the Bearcats to their first Big East title and Orange Bowl appearance. The arm was fine until Oct. 15, when a helmet hit bent the plate and forced him from the game. Collaros ran for a pair of touchdowns as Cincinnati pulled away to a 34-17 win.

Zach Collaros is expected to make his second straight start for the Bearcats (7-0), who are adept at winning while switching quarterbacks. In his first collegiate start last Saturday, Collaros threw three touchdowns and only two incompletions in a 41-10 win over Louisville.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.