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McNeese State senior safety Malcolm Bronson. (Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)

McNeese State senior safety Malcolm Bronson. (Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)

McNeese star safety Bronson to undergo more tests

Last Modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:36 AM

By Alex Hickey / American Press

The good news on Malcolm Bronson is that there is still no definitive news.

McNeese State’s senior safety will undergo more tests to determine if any ligaments were torn when he was injured in Saturday’s 35-21 win at Weber State, meaning Cowboys head coach Matt Viator won’t have a clear read on his status until later this week.

“On the injury front, we don’t know a whole lot,” Viator said. “We do have Livingston Hamilton, a backup safety, who had an X-ray, who will be out.

“We have some kids getting looked at right now with MRIs and all that good stuff, but right now we don’t really know anything about it.”

Bronson’s injury may be the one giving Cowboys fans the biggest scare, but he was far from being the only player banged up against the physical Wildcats. Running back Marcus Wiltz, special teamer Dillon Berlin, linebacker Joe Narcisse and tight end Josh Jordan were among the wounded.

The Cowboys hope at least some players from that group are ready to play in Saturday’s Southland Conference opener at Southeastern Louisiana.

“I’ve always thought that health and confidence are the two things (you need) when you get into conference,” Viator said. “In the confidence level, we’re very good. I’ll have to see about the health.”

The Lions and Cowboys are certainly coming from different directions in terms of confidence, with SLU searching for its first win under new coach Ron Roberts and McNeese riding a six-game winning streak that dates to last season.

As Viator noted, the health portion of that equation might not be known until just before game time.

If Bronson is replaced in the starting lineup, whether short term or long term, at least Viator gets to stay in the same gene pool.

Bronson’s backup is his younger brother Ryan, who played most of the second half at Weber State. Following in Malcolm’s footsteps is something he has done since birth.

“It’s a little bit easier because I’ve always been paying attention to him,” Ryan said. “We’ve always been close. I’ve always had better insight or information from him. He can help me if I take a bad angle or miss a tackle. He knows what to say.”

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