Report: Quarterback Brett Hundley’s elbow injury not serious

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.”

  • Harold Martinez

    Brent is a remarkable human being. We are lucky we have him. Go Bruins!

    • Moises Rosiles

      Brett is pretty cool too!

  • c2blum

    Not sure why Brett had to be scrambling so much so early given Texas has a not so experienced backfield – why don’t Bruins ever try passing to open up the ground game?
    That being said, I think UCLA called more screen passes in 3 quarters for Jerry than were called for Brett in all of 2013!

    • mrcalifornia65

      Bruins now know how good the ground game can be and how important it is to have Hundley be more restrictive in his use of his scrambling for yardage. The team needs him to stay healthy. He can still scramble, but he needs to use the talent of his teammates.

      • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

        Brett scrambled only because he had little protection.

        If your Line doesn’t block, you can neither run nor pass.

        • mrcalifornia65

          I get that, Santiago, but they can open holes for the running game and that will take some of the pressure off Hundley. Use the running game more and Hundley will be sacked less.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            There is no running game without blocking, and the O-Line was not blocking consistently until the second half of the Texas game.

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      The Line has protected him little this year.

      Perhaps seeing Hundley go down — and knowing that they were in part responsible — gave them the extra push that they needed to finally work well together as a unit.

      Neu is not a runner. How many times was he hit in the second half?

      My sense is that the O-Line has turned the corner.

  • MPPBruin

    In a word…phew.

  • EncinitasBruin

    Dang, when I saw Hundley come back out, put on the headset, and step in as the leader of this team to support JNeu, I thought, now that is character. As my dad used to say, character is born alongside adversity. No moping or sitting in the locker room. Final thought: have you ever heard BH whine about his young OL the way Kessler did yesterday?

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      Great points, EB.