At least one of many ailing Bruins is expected to play against No. 2 Oregon this Saturday.
Inside linebacker Eric Kendricks — second in the conference with 9.33 tackles per game — will play against the Ducks, UCLA coach Jim Mora said Tuesday. The junior was taken to the hospital at halftime of the Bruins’ 24-10 loss at Stanford this past weekend, but was released after tests showed no sign of major injury.
Kendricks has bruising on either his kidney or the surrounding tissue, and started the week of practice in a non-contact red jersey.
“Eric Kendricks, it’s going to take a lot to keep that guy down,” Mora said. “He’s a friggin’ great player. He’s a tremendous competitor, heck of a leader. He’s got the spirit that you love on your team.”
Mora was hopeful that starting left tackle Simon Goines (MCL) would be available in Eugene, Ore., but ruled out backup Conor McDermott (shoulder). Both went down in the third quarter at Stanford Saturday afternoon, and neither practiced on Tuesday.
Starting running back Jordon James, who injured his ankle at Utah on Oct. 3, is no longer wearing a walking boot, but did not have pads on. He remains questionable to play against Oregon.