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Matt Scott suffered a concussion against UCLA, status for Colorado unclear

Tyler Besh

Arizona quarterback Matt Scott suffered a concussion in Saturday’s 66-10 loss to UCLA, per athletic director Greg Byrne.

“Matt did suffer a concsussion during the game,” Byrne said. “Many of you saw him receive a blow to the head. Medical staff is taking great care of him.

“The final decision of whether he will play will be made by our medical staff.”

Scott suffered the concussion with 6:17 remaining in the third quarter. As he attempted a throw from Arizona’s end zone, he was tackled by a defender. On his way to the ground, Scott’s head struck the defenders knee.

He was attended to by Arizona’s medical staff and escorted into the locker room.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez holds a weekly Monday press conference, and typically he speaks to the media, and then a few players come in after to answer questions.

On Monday, Byrne felt it was necessary to address both Scott and linebacker Hank Hobson’s injuries suffered against UCLA. Last week, concerns were raised about the decision to keep Scott in the game after it looked like he suffered a concussion against USC, and Byrne addressed that concern.

“Our medical staff has conducted daily evaluations and continuously monitored Matt,” Byrne said. “Last Friday we did final evaluations and did an imPACT test. Matt was medically and clinically approved to play.”

Hobson was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital after clutching his shoulder and falling to the ground during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game. He spent the night in Los Angeles before returning to Tucson on Sunday. Rodriguez said that Hobson suffered a nerve injury in his neck.

Scott and Hobson’s status for Saturday’s game will be announced on the weekly injury report, released on Thursday. If Scott is unable to go, Rodriguez said B.J. Denker would start and receiver Richard Morrison will be his backup.

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