Earlier this week, we reported that S Troy Nolan was injured in practice and a sprained shoulder was suspected, an injury which could keep him out anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
Jeff Metcalfe of the Republic is reporting today that the injury is a strain and that he's expected to miss two weeks, which should still let him be ready for the season opener on September 1 if his recovery schedule goes well. The good news is, Metcalfe reports that Nolan was not wearing his arm in a sling up at Camp Tontozona.
However, the prognosis for backup DT Saia Falahola isn't as good. Falahola tore a tendon in his elbow during practice at Camp T yesterday and is back in the Valley to have it evaluated. Head coach Dennis Erickson said the extent of the tear would determine how much time it would take him to recover, but if it's completely torn, Falahola is most likely out for the season.
Falahola came to ASU as an offensive line prospect, but the amount of depth at the position caused him to change positions and join the defense this season. The depth on the D-Line is pretty thin beyond the first string.
Other quick notes...Dan Zeiger of the East Valley Tribune reports the following:
-As if losing Falahola isn't enough to thin out the defensive line corps, fellow backup Alex Asi is nursing a knee injury and defensive end Kellen Mills is suffering from an ankle injury. Neither participated in practice yesterday.
-WR Brandon Smith continues to be bothered by his ankle. If he continues to miss time, freshman recruits Kerry Taylor and TJ Simpson could see more practice reps with the 1st and 2nd stringers.
-Senior tight end Tyrice Thompson has been wearing an orange, non-contact jersey at practice due to the lingering effects of a concussion. With the spotlight being heavily turned on the effects of concussions over the past few months, I wouldn't be surprised if the medical staff is taking it slow and easy with him in terms of getting back to contact and full speed action. It's a chance for Dane Guthrie, Andrew Pettes and even Lance Evbuomwan to get more full-speed reps.