Tape It Up: Utah: As Bad As It Looks

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Utah: As Bad As It Looks

Utah's army of injured players underwent further examination after the initial injuries were reported during Thursday's game against Oregon State and things are, unfortunately, just as bad as they seemed - quarterback Brian Johnson, running back Matt Asiata, special teams standout Matt Martinez and backup tight end Colt Sampson are all down for the count.

Johnson really did separate that right shoulder, leaving him on the three-to-five week list. The junior quarterback completed 8 of 13 pass attempts for 119 yards and a touchdown in less than two quarters of play on Thursday, the first game action he had seen since 2005.

Asiata had surgery on Friday to repair fractures in his right tibia and fibula after his junior season officially ended with four carries for 16 yards. Asiata was the heart and soul of Utah's less-than-fabulous running attack, and without him, the outlook looks bleak. Coach Kyle WIttingham told the media on Friday, "With Asiata we are losing our running attack, we weren't good enough there last year, and with Brian running the option, that went away too. We have some problems to solve." You can say that again.

Martinez will be out for the season after tearing his ACL, joining offensive lineman Jason Boone and receiver A.J. Reilly, who tore their ligaments during camp and will miss the year as well.

Sampson's left knee sprain should keep him out for four weeks.

If this continues, Utah may have to hold another set of open tryouts in order to keep their roster full for the rest of the season.

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