Junior captain and defensive end Jarrett Mackey practiced with the first-team defense Tuesday and is expected to make his season debut Saturday at Wake Forest.
Mackey,a 2010 starter, missed 11 games in the 2011 after suffering an ACL injury in the opener. He wasn’t cleared to play in Army’s first two games this season.
“We probably will have Jarrett,” Army coach Rich Ellerson said during his weekly press conference. “We are not quite sure how much and how effective. He’s clear to go and he’s been practicing both last week, three-quarters speed, and this week, he’s going at it. We’ll see him out there this week.”
The return of Mackey could provide a spark to a defense, who has allowed 83 points in two games.
Mackey would see his first action since Sept. 3, 2011 against Northern Illinois.
“He’s a great player,” Army sophomore safety Hayden Pierce said. “He’s our captain. That’s a big leader to have out on the field with us.”
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