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Arizona Wildcats injury report: Cody Ippolito out for season, wide receivers dealing with foot injuries

A blow to Arizona's linebacker depth

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

At his first weekly press conference of the year, Rich Rodriguez did something a little out of the ordinary and gave an injury report.

The big news to come out of it was that linebacker Cody Ippolito will miss the season due to a torn ACL.

"Cody was having a really good camp and he's a tough, hard-nosed football player," Rodriguez said of Ippolito's work so far this year. "He loves to compete and loves to practice, so I was really disappointed for him. He'll rehab like crazy after surgery, and hopefully we'll get him back for another year or two playing at a high level."

Ippolito was a big part of Arizona's success last year, making 52 tackles (6.5 for loss) and a sack as a redshirt sophomore.

"It gives the opportunity for other guys to go play," Rodriguez explained. "And we have quite a few young guys, freshmen that'll probably be playing sooner than we or they anticipated."

Some guys that appear on the depth chart at linebacker now include: RJ Morgan, Haden Gregory, and Sir Thomas Jackson.

The other players that will not play in the opener against UTSA are Trey Griffey and Tyrell Johnson, who are both dealing with foot sprains. Coach said that they will likely miss a couple of weeks. He did not know what a projected return date would be for those two. And we already knew about Trevor Wood, who will miss the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

There will be more players on Tuesday's official injury report, such as Jarvis McCall, who is expected to return to practice this week for the first time since the first practice of fall camp. I would also expect to see Anthony Lopez on there as well with a couple of other guys.