After injuring his left elbow early in UCLA’s 20-17 win over Texas, star quarterback Brett Hundley’s status won’t be official one way or another until the Bruins take the field again.
“I’m not going to tell anybody anything until kickoff versus Arizona State,” head coach Jim Mora said Sunday. “Nobody. Nothing.”
Hundley reportedly suffered a slight hyperextension of his left (non-throwing) elbow that will hold him out one week, but Mora said the redshirt junior had not yet had his MRI. He may be examined on Monday, but Mora didn’t give a firm schedule.
UCLA (3-0) has a bye week ahead, and will travel to Tempe to play the Sun Devils on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. PT. That’s ideal timing for the Bruins, which can now give its Heisman contender more time to recover — as well as give backup Jerry Neuheisel more practice reps if needed to fill in.
After Hundley left in the first quarter, Neuheisel threw a game-winning 33-yard touchdown to lift UCLA past the Longhorns at AT&T Stadium, and finished the game 23 of 30 for 178 yards and two scores.
Before injuring his elbow, Hundley passed for 686 yards and three touchdowns this season, at a career-best 70.4 percent completion rate (57 of 81). He also ran for 74 yards and a score.
ASU is facing its own injury woes, with quarterback Taylor Kelly leaving the locker room on crutches after hurting his right foot in a 38-24 win over Colorado. Arizona State coach Todd Graham has been similarly opaque about Kelly’s status.