Amid the rash of injuries to key players around the college football nation in Week 1 was one to Arizona’s Scooby Wright III. The star linebacker was relegated to moving with the help of a cane in Arizona’s season-opener against UTSA, and he will be forced to miss action for the next month.
Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez said today Wright will be out three or four weeks after having an operation on his lateral meniscus. This news confirms earlier reports saying the knee injury is not expected to be a season-ending injury. In fact, if that timeline holds, Wright should be available for the majority of Arizona’s Pac-12 schedule.
Missing the next three games would cost Wright a chance to play against Nevada, Northern Arizona and UCLA. Missing a fourth game would also tack on a road game at Stanford. Both UCLA and Stanford are key games on the Pac-12 schedule for Arizona, so the absence of Wright is a tough blow. But it would appear the expectation is to have Wright back by the time Arizona hosts Oregon State on October 10 and then have him available for the remainder of the season. That would keep him on the field for the majority of the Pac-12 South schedule in a division in which each game will be critical in a competitive division race.