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Utah DL injured in moped accident says he's recovering

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Moana Ofahengaue. (Utah Athletics)
Moana Ofahengaue. (Utah Athletics)

Kyle Whittingham and the Utah football program announced some unfortunate news Feb. 24, offering their "thoughts and prayers" to the family of Ute defensive lineman Moana Ofahengaue, who had suffered a serious head injury in a motorized bike accident and was then in critical condition.

Two weeks later, Ofahengaue had a much more positive announcement to make himself, telling local Fox 13 TV that his condition has been upgraded from critical to good and that's he already able to walk.

"[I'm] definitely ready to go home,” he said. “The doctors are saying they don't know if they want to suggest ever going back to head-to-head contact, but I'll definitely be back soon."

Ofahengaue said a car pulled in front of him, and when he swerved to avoid it he fell off of his moped. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered a fracture "ear to ear on the back of my head," he told Fox 13.

Whether or not Ofahengaue will ever return to the field for the Utes remains to be seen, but obviously that he's already recovered to this point after an accident of that magnitude is reason for celebration.

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