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Utah lineman has surgery on broken leg

Utah lineman has surgery on broken leg



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah defensive lineman Lei Talamaivao had surgery to repair his broken right fibula Monday and will miss the remainder of the season.

Talamaivao broke the leg in the first quarter Saturday in No. 22 Utah's 42-21 win over UNLV, leaving the Utes even more shorthanded at their thinnest spot in the defense. Talamaivao took over for Kenape Eliapo, who broke his left foot in the season opener at Michigan and is out for another 6-8 weeks.

Coach Kyle Whittingham said Talamaivao can take the year as a redshirt and have three years of eligibility, but the Utes need to find some depth on the defensive line quickly. Whittingham says Utah may have to shuffle defensive end Koa Misi back to tackle, where he played last year, and bring freshman Dave Kruger out of his redshirt season.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-09-08-08 1948MDT

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