UCLA's Datone Jones may miss season

Updated: August 12, 2010, 1:07 AM ET
By Peter Yoon | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA defensive end Datone Jones will have surgery to insert a screw into his broken right foot Friday and could miss the season, coach Rick Neuheisel said Wednesday.

Jones, the lone returning starter on the Bruins' defensive line, had four sacks and 11 tackles for a loss last season.

He injured the foot when he stepped awkwardly during practice Tuesday. Neuheisel originally thought the injury would keep Jones out only until early October, but was less optimistic about it Wednesday.

"We'll get him back ... when he's healthy and ready," Neuheisel said. "The fortunate thing is that he does have a redshirt season available to him."

Neuheisel said the recovery time for this type of surgery is "usually a 10-12 week deal" and wasn't completely ruling out Jones' return this season.

"You never know," Neuheisel said.

Also on the injury front, quarterback Kevin Prince was limited in practice Wednesday because of a pulled oblique muscle, Neuheisel said.

"It hurts to throw so we have to let that calm down," Neuheisel said. "It's not serious."

Peter Yoon is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.

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