Utah, BYU dealing with injuries heading into big games

September, 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.



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