UCLA offensive tackle Simon Goines is expected to miss several weeks of action after undergoing surgery Friday to remove bone spurs in his ankle.
Bruins coach Jim Mora told reporters Saturday that he expects Goines to be ready for UCLA's third game of the season, against Texas in Arlington.
It is unfortunate news for Goines, a two-year starter trying to bounce back from a 2013 campaign that was cut short when he broke his leg against Arizona State. On Saturday, Mora addressed the possibility of Goines taking a medical redshirt.
“I want him ready to go,” Mora said of Goines via the Orange County Register. “I don't want to redshirt him. I want him to play. He's a good football player. It's been a tough road for him lately. If we just think back to his freshman year, he was a good player. I just think at some point, we're going to need him.”
Injury issues plagued the UCLA offensive line in 2013, leaving the Bruins with three true freshman in the starting lineup by the end of the season. The Register noted that Miami transfer Malcolm Bunche is likely to take the starting tackle position opposite sophomore Caleb Benenoch when the Bruins start their 2014 campaign.
UCLA opens the season on the road against Virginia on Aug. 30.