Will Grigsby miss any more game time?by Anthony Gimino on Sep. 29, 2009, under Sports
Arizona has good depth at running back, but that doesn’t mean the Wildcats want to rely on that every game.
Starting running back Nic Grigsby, who carried only one time for 7 yards against Oregon State on Saturday before leaving with a shoulder injury, doesn’t figure to miss any more game time, coach Mike Stoops said Tuesday.
“It doesn’t look too severe,” Stoops said.
“Any time a running back hurts his shoulder a little bit, that’s a concern because, obviously, he gets hit or falls on it a great deal. I would think Nic would probably sit out most of this week and be back hopefully at full strength sometime next week. It’s sore, and it’s going to be sore. I don’t think it is going to limit him.”
Arizona is off this week after starting the season 3-1. The Wildcats will play at Washington on Oct. 10.
Despite the abbreviated appearance against Oregon State, Grigsby is still 19th nationally with 101.75 rushing yards per game. UA’s depth at running back, including Keola Antolin and Greg Nwoko, more than picked up the slack on Saturday.
Arizona has several other banged-up players — including OG Vaughn Dosty (concussion), OT Mike Diaz (concussion) and DE Brooks Reed (ankle) — which means the bye week comes at a good time. All these players should have a good chance of playing at Washington.
“This is a great time,” Stoops said of the bye week. “Coming out of camp, playing four straight games, with the heat that we have to deal with … it gets a little bit worrisome.”
Related on wildaboutazcats.com: Oregon State coach Mike Riley offers his evaluation of UA quarterback Nick Foles.