The injury Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III sustained in Thursday's win against UTSA is reportedly not season-ending.
CBS Sports reports Wright's injury is not serious enough to sideline him the entire year. His father told Tuscon News Now that the injury was "not major." Wright was set for an MRI around 1 p.m. ET Friday.
Wright left the field during a UTSA drive midway through the first quarter and did not return. He was seen on the sidelines sitting on a training table removing tape from his hands and having his left knee iced. He tried to return later in the quarter, but came off the field and back to Arizona’s trainer.
Arizona did not immediately update Wright’s status. After the game, head coach Rich Rodriguez said that he didn’t know how long Wright would be out. Rodriguez also said he didn’t think Wright had injured his ACL or MCL.
Wright, a junior, led the nation last season with 163 tackles and 29 tackles for loss, also finishing third with 14.0 sacks. He was the Wildcats’ sixth unanimous All-American and won the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award, all given annually to college football’s top defensive player. Wright was also named the Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Arizona went on to defeat UTSA 42–32 behind quarterback Anu Solomon’s 229 passing yards and four touchdowns.
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