July 29, 2005
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado tailback Brandon Caesar, who missed all of last season with knee problems, will miss this season after tearing a tendon in one of his knees.


Caesar, a junior from Broussard, Quebec, will undergo surgery Friday, two days after suffering the injury in summer drills. He was expected to contend for the starting tailback job after the graduation of Bobby Purify.

"We all feel badly for him," coach Gary Barnett said Wednesday. "He was having a great summer, and he had worked hard at rehabbing both knees and was looking forward to getting back on the field and competing. It was just one of those unfortunate things, and he'll have to miss a second straight year."

Caesar has two years of eligibility remaining, though Barnett said he could petition the NCAA for another season.

Meanwhile, former quarterback Charles Johnson is expected to return to the Colorado athletics department as a full-time staff member next week. His specific role has not been outlined.

Johnson, who helped lead the 1990 team to a national title, has worked in on Denver radio and TV broadcasts in recent years. He has been one of the department's biggest supporters and harshest critics during the football program's problems with recruiting.

Last year, Barnett and others criticized the university's poor relations with the black community, something Johnson may be able to help with.

"We've got work to do," Johnson said. "A lot of stuff has to happen over the next 12 to 18 months to create a (better) environment, a place to at least share with the world that CU is not this place that you might read a story about or hear about different incidents."

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