The UCLA football team will be without Jaelan Phillips for the rest of spring practice as he will need additional surgery on his injured wrist, keeping him out for several months.
The UCLA football team will be without one of their most explosive defensive players from last season for a few more months as DE/LB Jaelan Phillips recovers form surgery to repair his injured wrist. The injury was due to a scooter accident that occurred a few months before spring practice began.
His injury has kept him out of spring practice, which is the first under new head coach Chip Kelly. Well it looks like Kelly and defensive coordinator Jerry Azzinaro are going to have to wait a little longer to utilize the talents of the athletic edge rusher as it has been reported that he will have to have a second surgery on his wrist.
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According to BruinReportOnline.com, “The hope was that he’d be healed and fit to practice by the second-third of spring camp in April, but further damage was recently discovered which demands a second surgery.”
This is a big deal as Phillips is pegged to be one of the starting EDGE rushers, playing the hybrid DE/OLB role (though Kelly has made it clear that there are no starters as of yet).
Last season, Phillips burst on to the scene at UCLA and landed a starting spot. Coming to Westwood as the #1 defensive end in the nation, big things were expected from the Redlands, CA product.
Phillips started the season as one of the more notable defensive players, but his time was limited as he missed six games due to an ankle injury. Still, his time on the field was not wasted as he had 21 total tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two pass breakups in seven games.
With a year under his belt, Phillips was expected to be one of the more standout defensive players in 2018, but that has to wait a while while he recovers. It is not yet known if he will miss any of fall camp. Hopefully he heals in time to help the Bruins begin the Chip Kelly era off right as UCLA takes on Cincinnati on September 1.
Other UCLA players with injuries are as follows: CB Keyon Riley (shoulder), DL Greg Rogers (shoulder), CB Colin Samuel (shoulder), LB Lokeni Toailoa (hamstring), DL Rick Wade (ankle), TE Caleb Wilson (foot) and LB Josh Woods (shoulder).