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Although school was out due to the Presidents Day holiday, the Cougars held a regular practice session at the usual time of 3 p.m. today at the Marriott Center. Star guard Jimmer Fredette did not practice, though. After practice, coach Dave Rose said Fredette suffered a left calf contusion (bruise) when he was inadvertently kicked below the knee against TCU. Fredette watched most of practice from the bench, barefoot, then left it a bit early to go get treatment. He did not talk to the media, but gave a thumbs up sign and nodded yes when asked as he left the building whether he expects to play Wednesday against Colorado State. Here's what Rose said about the injury: "Hopefully he can practice tomorrow, but we will see. He's got a calf contusion. It has kind of been stiff and bothering him. "He took a real shot in the TCU game. He's been icing it all weekend. It is really sore. He couldn't go today, but we will see what the trainer says tomorrow. But we will see." I asked the coach if not practicing Tuesday will mean Fredette won't play on Wednesday. Coach Bronco Mendenhall has that kind of rule with the football team, but Rose said he doesn't. It could mean that Fredette won't start, though. "We will see how it feels. It is a day to day thing, and hopefully he will feel good enough to practice tomorrow. But if not we will see how he feels on Wednesday," Rose said. The coach called the practice in which freshman Kyle Collinsworth played point guard a lot "really intense. Guys were quick, active, really competitive. I wondered if it was because they didn't have school today. But I thought it was good." Asked why the players were so energetic, Rose replied: "The guys probably got a little extra sleep. That's what I would guess."- When asked who will start at the three spot (small forward) on Wednesday, Charles Abouo or Kyle Collinsworth, Rose said it obviously depends on whether Fredette plays or not. But he didn't give an answer either way, drawing upon his customary "we will see." Abouo has started the last three games, ever since Collinsworth left the UNLV game with a concussion.