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Utah, BYU dealing with injuries heading into big games

9/15/2009



Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Both Utah and BYU head into big games this week with injuries to key players and positions.

  • Utah coach Kyle Whittingham announced that running back Matt Asiata would be a gametime decision for Saturday's game against Oregon after suffering a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter of the 24-14 win against San Jose State last week.

In Asiata’s stead, backups Eddie Wide and Sausan Shakerin combined for nine carries for 86 yards.

  • BYU starting left guard Braden Hansen, who injured his knee in the 54-3 win over Tulane last week, did not tear his ACL as was originally feared. He suffered a strain and should miss 1-3 weeks. Hansen is the fourth major injury to befall the offensive line this season.

  • BYU senior safety Scott Johnson, who sustained his second concussion in a month after taking a knee to the jaw against Tulane, will undergo stringent concussion tests this week to see if he’s OK to play in Saturday’s game against Florida State.