CU's Kasa out with sprained knee

August, 18, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Heralded Colorado freshman defensive end Nick Kasa is out indefinitely with a sprained knee he sustained in practice.

Colorado newspapers reported that Kasa was injured in practice Monday morning. Colorado coach Dan Hawkins was mum about the injury, other than to say it wouldn't be season ending.

"He's got to get a little rehab, but he'll be all right," Hawkins said.

Kasa was injured during a pass-rush drill when an offensive lineman unintentionally rolled into his left side.

The 6-foot-7, 260-pounder was one of the Buffaloes' top recruits after choosing to remain in his home state after a storied high school career at Legacy High School. Kasa originally committed to Florida, but made a late switch to Colorado shortly before signing day.

Hawkins has said that Kasa has been one of the Buffaloes' early standouts in practice and expected him to play as part of the team's rotation of defensive linemen.

If Kasa would be sidelined for an extended period of time, I would look for him to be redshirted. But at least the Buffaloes and Hawkins have the option of him potentially playing this season.

Because after the injury Monday morning, all were fearing the worst for a few hours.

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