UCLA starting defensive end could miss 2013 season with hip injury

UCLA starting defensive end could miss 2013 season with hip injury

UPDATE: The L.A. Times has now updated its story, stating that Odighizuwa could sit out the 2013 season after surgery on his right hip Tuesday. According to the Times:

UCLA Coach Jim Mora feared he had lost the sophomore defensive lineman for the season, but doctors found that the damage wasn’t as extensive as previously believed. Owamagbe had a frayed rotator cuff in his hip, and Mora was unsure of the timetable for his return.

[dropcap]U[/dropcap]CLA’s defensive line has take a significant hit.

OdighizuwaOwamagbe Odighizuwa, a junior defensive end, will miss the 2013 season following hip surgery on his right hip Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Odighizuwa had surgery on his left hip during the off-season and did not participate in spring drills. His right hip began bothering him before the start of spring practice.

His loss would be significant, as he was expected to replace first-round draft pick Datone Jones this season.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Portland, Ore. native saw action in all 14 games last season with one start. He totaled 44 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in 2012.

The Bruins’ defensive front has had difficulty remaining healthy this off-season.

Nose tackle Ellis McCarthy missed spring while following minor knee surgery, while fellow nose tackle Brandon Tuliaupupu will miss the 2013 season after suffering a knee injury during spring practice.

Defensive end Sam Tai saw limited action as he recovers from a knee surgery that forced him to miss the 2012 season.

UCLA will need defensive end Kyle Fitts (6-4, 260), who enrolled in January, and nose tackle Kenneth Clark (6-2, 275), who arrives this summer, to make contributions this fall.

Both Fitts and Clark were 4-star recruits by Rivals.com.

Photo credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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