The Arizona Wildcats are set to take on the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Saturday to kick off the 2017 season, and with gameday drawing near, Arizona has released its first injury report of the season.
There aren’t any surprises.
Here it is in its entirety:
Out: OL Bryson Cain (season-ending ankle injury), DE/LB DeAndre’ Miller (foot), TE Jamie Nunley (back), DB Isaiah Hayes (shoulder)
Head coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday that Cain, Miller, and Nunley would all be out against NAU.
However, Rodriguez did leave the door open to Hayes suiting up vs. NAU, but evidently that won’t be happening.
Hayes started in seven games last season at free safety. True freshman Scottie Young Jr. will start in his place Saturday.
We usually don’t know the severity of Arizona’s injuries unless Rodriguez discloses that information, but in this case we know that Cain has a season-ending ankle injury.
The redshirt freshman o-lineman was a three-star recruit in 2016, and was not expected to play much, if at all, this season.
That said, the Wildcats are extremely thin at o-line as it is, so losing Cain hurts in that regard.
Rodriguez hoped Miller, who had foot surgery before fall camp, could be back in time for Week 1, but the redshirt senior will not play against NAU.
Saturday’s kickoff is set for 8 p.m. MST, and the game will be televised and live streamed on the Pac-12 Networks.
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