Linebacker Eric Kendricks ‘much improved’ after tests

Eric Kendricks, UCLA’s leading tackler, is recovering well after leaving the Bruins’ 24-10 loss to Stanford Saturday with kidney pain.

The junior linebacker was sent to Stanford Hospital at halftime, but tests showed no sign of major injury. He was released and flew back to Los Angeles with the team for further examination — all tests coming back negative. Head coach Jim Mora said there may be bruising on the kidney or in the surrounding tissue, adding that Kendricks was “much improved.”

“It looks like it’s just a pain management issue right now,” Mora said Sunday. “He was up here today watching the film. Felt much better. That’s encouraging.”

Kendricks led the Pac-12 with 150 tackles in 2012, and finished with an All-Pac-12 honorable mention. His 56 tackles this season rank second in the conference. When he exited the game Saturday, true freshman Isaako Savaiinaea moved into the starting lineup.

The status of two other recently injured Bruins is still unknown. Left tackles Simon Goines (MCL) and Conor McDermott (shoulder) both went down in the third quarter at Stanford Stadium. Goines was on crutches after the game, with a brace over his left knee.

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  • Joe Blow

    Hope the kid is ok. He needs to be careful of the kidney. Hope his coach doesn’t exploit him and get him back in action too soon.

    • jameskatt

      Kendricks will be fine. We will need him for Oregon. Mora never exploits the players. Kendricks will be ready to play.

      • Bruin 34

        How do you know he’s that bum from BN? I love to read some of their articles cause they are funny with the lack of football knowledge and common sense they have over there! Lol

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      If u weren’t such a spineless troll, we’d actually take this to heart. Go nurse your sorry Trojan’s wounds, Nestor.

      • Joe Blow


        • EncinitasBruin


          • Joe Blow

            Dwad, you don’t get it. I KNOW we don’t have a good football team this year. You haven’t discovered yet that you DON’T either! `1954

          • ThaiMex

            ONE YEAR from being selected as THE #1 TEAM in the Nation…and you knuckleheads now SUCk? #1 to UN? Don’t fret…football championships are MYTHICAL anyway.

          • Joe Blow

            Well, you AIN’T got NOTHIN’ Mythical or anything else. SUC? ucla sure does in FB.

      • ProbationU

        Blow isn’t Nestor. He is just a grumpy old Trojan looking forward to a Trojan football future like the Paul Hackett days.