When UCLA lost quarterback Brett Hundley to a left elbow injury in the first quarter of a 20-17 win over Texas on Saturday night, its hopes for a banner season teetered on the brink.
The good news for the Bruins is that they don’t play again until visiting Arizona State on Thursday, Sept. 25. The bye week ahead should give the star quarterback more time to recover.
FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported that Hundley suffered a slight hyperextension of the elbow at AT&T Stadium, and should be ready in a week.
Head coach Jim Mora said after the game that the team decided not to put the right-handed Hundley back in the game after he had his elbow X-rayed. He will be further evaluated with an MRI once the Bruins return to Los Angeles.
“(At halftime, the doctor) was talking to Brett and explaining the injury, and what they thought and what they could and could not see, and the risks, rewards,” Mora said. “And we just decided it was best for Brett not to play.
He also praised Hundley for the way he supported the team after exiting the game. After going to the locker room during the second quarter, the redshirt junior returned to the sideline in the second half with his elbow wrapped — still signaling plays and encouraging the offensive line and receivers.
“A lot of guys in that situation might mope, feel sorry for themselves,” Mora said. “I don’t know if you guys watched Brett on the sidelines. But you couldn’t have found anyone on that sideline that was more encouraging than Brett. …
And that’s one of the things that makes him so special, his character. He is an amazing young man.”