Linebacker Anthony Barr leaves practice with apparent head injury

Linebacker Anthony Barr left midway through UCLA’s Tuesday night practice with what appeared to be a head injury.

After a collision during 11-on-11 drills, the All-American walked to the sideline and removed his helmet as trainers tended to him. Barr lay on the ground and rubbed his temples before later vomiting onto Spaulding Field. Nausea or vomiting are among the symptoms of a concussion. He was not treated on the field for any leg or other bodily injuries.

Trainers and coaches then led the 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior to the back corner of the practice area before eventually sending him out of the facility. Head coach Jim Mora declined to comment.

The Bruins still have almost two weeks left until their Aug. 31 season opener against Nevada, but any extended absence for Barr will severely damage to their chances at defending the Pac-12 South championship.

Nowhere else on the team does UCLA have as much depth as it does in the linebacking corps. Even so, Barr’s combined athleticism and skill set is unmatched. In 2012, he registered 13.5 tackles and 21.5 tackles for loss in his first collegiate season on defense.

He returned to school for his senior year despite a chance to be a first-round NFL draft pick. Regarded as one of the nation’s most talented defensive players, Barr could be a top-ten pick next May.

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  • Cliff Sakata

    That doesn’t sound good at all. Hope it isn’t serious. My first thought is that he should have taken the NFL money. Hopefully he will prove me wrong.

  • Bruin 34

    I sure hope he is okay. Damn! We get through campand then this ish happens! I pray he can play this year.

  • Marc

    Sure sounds like a lot of head injuries during camp this year.

    Are the coaches teaching something dangerous?

    What could possibly explain the rash of concussions during camp?

    • Joe Blow

      Not wearing a helmet.

  • Hank

    Crrrraaaapppppp!

  • 92104bruinfan

    Hope AB gets better soon. Concussions are no joke. Conceivably, he could sit out the opener against Nevada, have the bye week to further recover, and then be ready in time for the roadie to Lincoln.

  • Chris

    USC fan here, only hoping for the best for Barr, here’s to a quick and speedy recovery.

  • Mark

    This is good news, all things considered. Nothing serious, like a knee injury.

  • Joe Blow

    The new Honey Boo Boo