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UCLA enduring serious injuries in wake of loss to Utah

Originally Published: September 20, 2007
By Ted Miller | Special to ESPN.com
The hits keep on coming for UCLA coach Karl Dorrell, who's now dealing with serious injury issues on top of a humiliating 44-6 defeat at Utah that's raised questions about his job security. The biggest name on the injured list is quarterback Ben Olson, who didn't practice Tuesday because of "headaches," though Dorrell wouldn't tell local media whether Olson suffered a concussion.

If Olson, who was sacked five times, can't go, he'd likely be replaced by Pat Cowan, who is still nursing a bum hamstring. The No. 3 quarterback is walk-on McLeod Bethel-Thompson. Whoever plays will be without the services of guard Shannon Tevaga, who's out a few weeks with a knee injury.

The Bruins, who play host to Washington on Saturday, already lost defensive tackle Brigham Harwell. He might again be joined on the bench by end Nikola Dragovic, who missed the Utah game with a concussion. Linebacker Aaron Whittington suffered his second concussion this season against Utah and won't play. On a more optimistic note, receiver Marcus Everett is listed as probable despite a sprained ankle.

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