Report: Injured UCLA DE Odighizuwa won't miss season after all

Owamagbe Odighizuwa's injury isn't as serious as once thought. (USATSI)Owamagbe Odighizuwa's injury isn't as serious as once thought(USATSI)

Less than a week after it was reported that he would miss the 2013 season following surgery on his right hip, UCLA coach Jim Mora told the Orange County Register that Bruins defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa's injury isn't as serious as once thought and he could return as soon as Week 1 against Nevada.

It was originally believed that the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Odighizuwa had a torn rotator cuff in his hip, but it now appears the hip was just "frayed," which means a recovery time of just two to three months.

This is great news for the Bruins, since Odighizuwa is the heir apparent to departing NFL first-round pick Datone Jones. The rising senior and former five-star recruit showed flashes of brilliance for UCLA last season as an oft-used reserve, collecting 44 tackles, including six for losses and 3.5 sacks.

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