Shoulder injury sidelines Beavers’ starting tight end

2011-04-27T23:56:00Z Shoulder injury sidelines Beavers’ starting tight endBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

Oregon State starting tight end Joe Halahuni may need shoulder surgery and will be out for an extended period of time.

Halahuni, a senior, has been bothered by the injury throughout spring practice, football coach Mike Riley said Wednesday. What originally happened to him isn't known.

"Don't know yet," Riley said of the severity. "I'll tell you Saturday where this thing is going. It's negative, I'll tell you that."

Halahuni had a long meeting with OSU's orthopedic surgeon Donald Pennington after practice about his situation. He was upset as he left and declined to be interviewed.

He later posted on his Twitter page: "God always has a plan."

The Beavers are down to two healthy tight ends for Saturday's spring game in freshmen Connor Hamlett and Tyler Perry. Backup Colby Prince sprained his ankle last weekend and is out this week.

"We might have to call timeout in the spring game if we don't have enough tight ends," Riley said. "We won't run any two tight end sets, that's for sure."

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