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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 9:10 a.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2002

UH player Peters injured in practice

Advertiser Staff

Leonard Peters, a projected starter at strong safety, has been hospitalized with bruises to his kidney and spleen and might miss the University of Hawai'i's football season opener, the school announced.

Peters was injured yesterday, the team's second day of practice in what head coach June Jones termed an, "inadvertent collision during one of our drills. We thought he had the wind knocked out of him, but obviously it was a little more serious than that," Jones said.

"We certainly hope he can be ready for our first game, but we just don't know yet," Jones said.

An athletic department spokesman said Peters is expected to remain hospitalized "for the next few days" for observation.

Peters, a Kahuku High graduate, is a redshirt freshman having earned a medical hardship for knee injuries suffered last season.

Sophomore Chad Kapanui will replace Peters with the first team.

The Warriors open their season Aug. 31 against Eastern Illinois.