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Criner running in practice; status unknown for Saturday’s game

Juron Criner has 22 career touchdown receptions, eight off the school record held by T Bell. Photo by Chris Morrison-US PRESSWIRE

Arizona Wildcats standout receiver Juron Criner, recovering from a Sept. 5 appendectomy, has been running in practice but there is no change yet in his status for this week, coach Mike Stoops said after Wednesday’s practice.

That is to say, Criner is questionable for Saturday night’s home game against sixth-ranked Stanford.

“Juron is running, so that’s a positive step,” Stoops said.

He affirmed what he said Monday, though, which is that medical clearance wouldn’t come until Thursday, if at all. And that means that even if Arizona finds out Criner’s status, the rest of us likely won’t know until sometime right before kickoff.

“I guess we’ll have to wait and see,” Stoops said with a smile to a group of reporters after practice, “since I don’t have to talk to you guys any more this week.”

Wednesday is the final day for interviews with the football team.

In other injury news, Stoops said running back Daniel Jenkins practiced Wednesday and is “looking better.” Jenkins, who was second string through fall camp, suffered a sprained ankle in the final scrimmage and missed the first two games.

Although Jenkins might be available this week, it’s unclear how he would be used considering Stoops talked Monday about getting true freshman Ka’Deem Carey into the game sooner in relief of Keola Antolin.

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