UCLA star QB Josh Rosen out for the year with shoulder injury
Rosen missed the past two games dealing with a nerve injury to his throwing shoulder
Update at 8:24 p.m. ET on Nov. 3: UCLA coach Jim Mora confirmed to the Fox Sports 1 broadcast prior to UCLA-Colorado that Rosen is out for the rest of the season.
Jim Mora has confirmed that Josh Rosen is out to the year. He told the Fox sideline reporter.— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) November 3, 2016
Update at 3 p.m. ET: UCLA coach Jim Mora, speaking on the Pac-12's weekly teleconference, would not go so far as to rule Rosen out for the season, though he certainly indicated that he will be out for an extended period of time. "I put nothing past Josh with regards to what his future this year looks like," Mora said. The coach did, however, refute reports of continued nerve damage. "There is no nerve damage to his shoulder," he said.
UCLA's nightmare season continues to get worse. The shoulder injury that kept quarterback Josh Rosen sidelined for the past two games will likely keep him out for the remainder of the season, according to multiple reports.
Bruin Report Online reported that Rosen was continuing to heal from the nerve damage he sustained in early October. "It was hoped for within the program that the bye last week would give him time to heal and be ready for the Colorado game Thursday," but that Rosen had not practiced.
In late October, coach Jim Mora said Rosen had a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder and a timetable for his return was unknown. Mora had previously declined to get into specifics regarding Rosen's injury. UCLA has not yet confirmed or denied the reports.
Once the nerve starts firing again, Mora said, Rosen should be back to normal. However, no idea or timetable when that could happen.— Dan Greenspan (@DanGreenspan) October 24, 2016
Rosen sustained his shoulder and leg injuries in the Bruins' 23-20 loss to Arizona State early on Oct. 8. Mike Fafaul started UCLA's last two games vs. Washington State and Utah, both losses. Fafaul threw for 722 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions in those games.
UCLA travels to Colorado in Week 10, and finishes the season against Oregon State, USC and Cal.
If there's a silver lining in the Rosen news, it's that he has one more required year of eligibility. When healthy, Rosen is one of the top quarterbacks in college football and a potential first-round pick in the draft.
I actually like Josh Rosen being sat down for the rest of the year. Let him heal for 2017. He's QB1 if healthy— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 1, 2016
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