Cal running back Jahvid Best missed the first scrimmage of training camp Tuesday because of a sore toe and hasn't taken a rep in practice since Friday.
Cal coach Jeff Tedford said the injury is not major and the team simply wants Best's aches and pains "to calm down" before unleashing him at practice again.
Best, the nation's returning leading rusher who has emerged as a top preseason Heisman Trophy contender, had offseason surgery on his elbow and foot and missed all of spring practice.
"It's doing all right," Best said. "Right now, we're just kind of being cautious about it. That's why I haven't been taking too many reps. It's going as we planned."
Best is still getting in cardiovascular work before practices and going through some individual drills with the team. Still, Best has taken only a few hits since last season's Emerald Bowl.
"There's nothing wrong with him," Tedford said. "He cuts so hard that when he has a sore toe, it hinders him quite a lot. He could get through it, but when we get to game week, he's going to have the same sore toe. It's just a matter of letting it calm down. It's nothing major at all."
Calvin had reconstructive surgery on the same knee last October after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during practice. That followed a sprained toe that limited him to just eight catches through the first four games.
Bridgford figures to be the Bears' scout team quarterback this season.