UTEP quarterback sidelined with leg injury

Updated: October 1, 2003, 9:37 PM ET

EL PASO, Texas -- UTEP quarterback Jordan Palmer will be out for three or four weeks with a hairline fracture of his shin bone.

Palmer, a redshirt freshman whose brother is Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer, hurt his leg in the second half of the Miners' 42-14 loss at Louisville Sept. 20.

"I fell on my knee and twisted it," he said. "I kept my mouth shut about it, but it just kept getting worse and worse."

Despite the injury, Palmer made his first start last week against Sam Houston State and completed 13 of 23 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 59-14 victory.

Palmer said his goal is to be ready to play by Oct. 25 at Hawaii.

Palmer has thrown four touchdowns and four interceptions in five games.

UTEP coach Gary Nord said sophomore Orlando Cruz will start at SMU on Saturday. Cruz started the first four games of the season.

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