The official Arizona Wildcats injury report is out, and there are several names on it. Here's a quick look at how everyone is officially listed:
PROBABLE: Terris Jones-Grigsby (concussion), Jonathan McKnight (concussion), Parker Zellers (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: Nick Wilson (ankle), Cayman Bundage (knee)
OUT: DeAndre' Miller (shoulder)
So far in 2014, no player listed as questionable has played that week, which does not bode well for Wilson and Bundage, who both missed the USC game.
On the Rich Rodriguez Radio Show Wednesday night, coach told Brian Jefferies that Wilson appeared to be good to go, but I would take this info with a grain of salt, because RichRod never talks injuries publicly on a game week. In general, he is never truly forthcoming ever when it comes to the status of his players when it comes to an injury.
Reports around practice have been that TJG will be good to go, and by him being listed as probable, I would imagine that he will either start at running back, or be in there sometime during the first half if he does not start. Jared Baker showed that he has the capability to step in and carry the load after Jones-Grigsby suffered that concussion against USC.
The McKnight injury is the biggest one in my opinion outside of Bundage. Facing a team like Washington State, Arizona needs as many quality players in the secondary as possible, and McKnight is by far the best corner on this team. With his concussion, look for Cam Denson to be getting some more snaps than normal, and look for Denson earlier in the game than his usual fourth quarter role.
The Parker Zellers injury puts Jeff Worthy back in a more important spot than he has been at nose tackle. The two of them have each started three games at nose tackle this year already. The only difference will probably be that Worthy will be on the field more than he has been the last two games.
With all respect to Nick Wilson, I believe the Cayman Bundage injury is the most important on this particular injury report. His absence was definitely felt against USC, as Arizona was never able to generate a push up-front in the run game. If Bundage indeed can't play Saturday because of his knee, Lene Maiava will get the start at left guard in his place, just like last game, with Jacob Alsadek playing right guard.
It's a lot of injuries to a lot of crucial players. And with at least six-straight weeks with games starting Saturday, it's not exactly a great sign that Arizona is currently in this position with these players. The Wildcats aren't exactly deep at positions that aren't running back or wide receiver, so each injury will certainly have a noticeable impact.