Mississippi's Sawyer injures knee in practice

Updated: August 12, 2003, 10:00 PM ET

OXFORD, Miss. -- Mississippi starting center Justin Sawyer injured his right knee in practice Tuesday.

Coach David Cutcliffe said preliminary reports indicated Sawyer strained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

"It would be a non-surgical situation," Cutcliffe said. "It wasn't even a full speed drill. It's a lot better than what I thought it could have been."

It was not immediately known how long Sawyer would be sidelined because of the injury.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound senior is a converted tight end slated to start at center. Ben Claxton, the 2002 starter, was drafted by the Denver Broncos last spring.

Tony Bonds, a 6-foot-4, 308-pound sophomore, is the only other center listed on the depth chart.

Sawyer played in 11 games last year at both tight end and center.

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