Hawaii DTs carted off field, flash 'shaka' sign

Updated: September 28, 2012, 10:26 PM ET
Associated Press

PROVO, Utah -- Hawaii team officials said initial X-rays performed on two Warriors players taken to the hospital because of possible neck injuries were negative.

The defensive tackles were taken to a Provo hospital after being injured in apparent helmet-to-helmet collisions on back-to-back series during the first quarter against Brigham Young on Friday night.

Backup Geardon Hanohano was the first loaded on a backboard and carted off the field, but not before flashing the "shaka"- the Hawaiian sign for hang loose. He reportedly complained of numbness.

The second player, starting defensive tackle Siasau Matagiese, was injured on the Warriors' next defensive series. After a lengthy delay, he too was placed on a backboard and carted off. He also managed to signal the crowd with his thumb and little finger.

Also, BYU officials confirmed starting running back Michael Alisa broke his right forearm in the first quarter. He finished with two carries for 12 yards.


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