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Lackey Preparing for the Possibility of Not Having Ailing Back Green for the Postseason

Tuesday, November 9, 2004; Page D06

Lackey's postseason may present a difficult challenge -- trying to win without All-Met running back Morgan Green.

Green left the Chargers' 13-7 victory at Westlake last Friday in the first quarter after injuring his right hamstring for the third time this season. He sat on the bench, applying pressure to keep it tight with the hope he could return. He didn't.

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"It was so frustrating, because he had such a good week of practice," Lackey Coach Scott Chadwick said. "Then, he busted out two good runs [of eight and 12 yards] and I thought, 'Here we go,' and then he comes off the field, and I knew it wasn't good. . . .

"I think it's going to be difficult to get that far [in the postseason] without him."

Green will continue physical therapy and, while Chadwick did not rule out a return for the Maryland recruit, he said he will create a provisional game plan for this week's game against McDonough that does not include Green.

As for Green's pursuit of the Maryland single-season and career rushing records, both of which were well within reach at the start of the season, "I think that's out of reach," Chadwick said. "Now, it's just about getting Morgan to the point of him helping us win football games."

-- Alan Goldenbach


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