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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Pac-12 injury update: Criner, Prince, Tuel

By staff

What's up with Arizona receiver Juron Criner? When will Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel be back? Will UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince be ready to play?

Unfortunately, there are major injury questions this week.

First, Criner's status is unclear. He could miss the Wildcats game at Oklahoma State on Thursday after he missed practice Monday due to "illness," though there is no official word on the nature of his illness. Coach Mike Stoops had little explanation on the Pac-12 conference call with reporters other than saying, "Yes," when he was asked if Criner would play against the Cowboys.

“I’m not going to talk about it,” he said “We hope he is back today.”

More here.

As for Tuel, coach Paul Wulff said Tuesday that it will take six to eight weeks for Tuel's fractured clavicle to heal, which is longer than initially reported. That means Marshall Lobbestael will pilot the team well into the Pac-12 schedule.

Over at UCLA, Kevin Prince suffered a concussion and sprained his right shoulder at Houston, but it's possible he could return to practice this week. If he does, coach Rick Neuheisel indicated that Prince would play against San Jose State. But the guess here is Richard Brehaut is certain to start, even if Prince is cleared.

Some other injury notes: