UCLA Football: Paul Perkins Injury Not Severe


News came out yesterday that junior running back Paul Perkins did not sustain a severe injury against Cal and could be back for Colorado.

Late in the 2nd quarter of the Cal-UCLA game, RB Paul Perkins was injured on a red zone rush as the Bruins were in 1st and goal from the 7-yard line. Perkins had ran to the left to gain three yards before being tackled from behind and went down hard.

The unfortunately thing is that Perkins did not get up from the tackle. Perkins was slow going on the field as he came up holding his left knee. As he tried to walk off, he had fallen to the ground again.

He eventually made it off the field but did not return for the rest of the game.

Yesterday it came out that Perkins had an MRI done on his knee and, good news Bruin fans, it does not appear to be severe. There is not ligament damage and will be able to join UCLA Football very soon. This season, Perkins has 754 yards with 8 touchdowns and is averaging 6.0 yards per carry.

That is a huge relief for Bruin fans. In a season were their have been a ridiculous amount of injuries, losing Perkins quite possibly could have been the biggest blow of all.

The Pac-12 leading rusher from last season has not quite had the stats he was getting last year, but is still an integral part of this Bruin offense. Losing him would have are the running game very thin.

It also does not help that back-up RB Nate Starks is out with  head injury, so if Perkins was to be out for an extended period of time, the running game would rest on the shoulders of two true freshman, Soso Jamabo and Bolu Olorunfunmi.

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