It has been reported that DE/OLB Jaelan Phillips and RB Soso Jamabo are out for the season, taking away from an already thin roster for the UCLA football team.
The UCLA football team is going to be without another linebacker for the rest of the season as Jaelan Phillips, the team’s best pass rusher, will be sidelined for the rest of the year.
They will also be without senior RB Soso Jamabo, both of whom have suffered concussions in the last few weeks.
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Phillips has been battling injuries since spring when he suffered a wrist injury due to an auto/scooter accident. Phillips had come back in the fall but was limited to start camp. He made starts in the first few games but was hampered by the wrist which has apparently not fully healed.
Phillips has also incurred a concussion within the last few weeks, which explains why he was not in the lineup against Cal. Phillips has been explosive as the team’s premier pass rusher as the Bruins lose a crucial piece to their defense. The loss of Phillips adds to the many LBs that have been sidelined this season due to injury.
Before the start of the season, arguably the best LB on the team, Josh Woods, injured his knee and was done for 2018. In the last few weeks, word has come out that both Mique Juarez and Je’Vari Anderson have also sustained injuries. That is four talented linebackers that the Bruins will have to move on without.
As for Jamabo, it is unsure if he will redshirt, though he has the option to with the new rules which allow a player to redshirt if they have played in four games or less. Jamabo was suspended for the first two games of the season. Upon his return, he played sparingly behind the other running backs, though he was in the rotation with special teams in the games he did play.
Bruins that are in yellow/non-contact jerseys: OL Justin Murphy, LS Johnny Den Bleyker, DB Colin Samuel and DB Nate Meadors.
With UCLA getting their first win of the season against Cal in a 37-7 blowout up in Berkeley, the Bruins seem to have found their groove, though if they sustain any more injuries, that could affect their gameplay going forward.