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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Spring football report: Tony Dye has MRI

By Peter Yoon

Safety Tony Dye sat out of practice for the second consecutive day and acknowledged that his knee injury is a bit more serious than initially thought.

He had an MRI exam Tuesday but won't have the results until Wednesday.

"We couldn’t tell what was wrong with it, but they said it shouldn’t be anything super serious," Dye said. "It shouldn’t be ACL or anything like that. We’ll find out tomorrow. Today they decided to brace me just in case."

Dye, the team's leading tackler last season, was named to the watch list for the Lott Impact Trophy, given annually to the nation's top defensive player. He was injured during Saturday's scrimmage when trying to make a tackle.

"It was a hyperextension with a hit," Dye said.

He said he felt as if he could play in the spring scrimmage April 23, but acknowledged that was only because he's "stubborn" and would let the MRI results dictate the rest of his spring availability.

"If there is such a thing as an OK injury, it’s to a guy that isn’t significant and he’s a proven player because it gives lots of reps to younger players," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "He’s a leader on this team regardless and he’s going to be an All-American caliber safety."

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