Pagan Back At Practice And Other Notes

Left guard Justin Pagan practiced Tuesday for the first time — at an open practice anyway — since injuring his left ankle the week before the Eastern Kentucky game. It was the biggest news on Wednesday, the final open practice before Saturday’s game against Western Michigan. Pagan was listed as questionable on the injury report released on Tuesday.

“It seems like he’s doing good,” Indiana coach Bill Lynch said. “We’ve been smart. He’s playing. We’re not going every down, because I think generally guys with ankles, you can overdo it and then they get tired and that’s when someone rolls up on them. It’s nice to have him in there. Even though Marc Damisch really graded out well last week, Justin’s got a lot of experience and physically, it would be nice to get him back in there next to Rodger (Saffold).”

Kicker Mitch Ewald, who was upgraded to probable this week after missing game one with an oblique strain, is closer to being ready as well, but Lynch said it will be difficult for him to unseat starter Nick Freeland.

“I think his health is much better,” Lynch said. “We’re still not having him kickoff so he doesn’t put stress on his back with kickoffs, but his extra points and field goals have been good. But Freeland kicked well Thursday and he kicked well Tuesday and Wednesday. If a guy’s starter and he’s playing pretty well, the next guy’s gotta do something special to move ahead of him.”