Paterno will learn Thursday if top two QBs can play

Updated: October 18, 2006, 1:37 PM ET
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Joe Paterno's quarterback forecast for this weekend sounded a lot like the dreary weather Wednesday in Happy Valley: mostly cloudy.

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Doctors haven't cleared starter Anthony Morelli or backup Daryll Clark for full contact in practice after both quarterbacks sustained concussions during last week's 17-10 loss to No. 2 Michigan.

Welcome to the first team, third-stringer Paul Cianciolo.

At least through practice on Thursday. That's when Paterno will get the final word from doctors as to whether either Morelli or Clark will be able to play Saturday against Illinois at Beaver Stadium.

Morelli and Clark are officially listed as "possible" on the injury report, and Paterno called the situation "day-to-day."

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