TEMPE, Ariz. (CBS/AP) — Arizona State starting defensive end Junior Onyeali (on-yay-lee) is expected to miss at least six weeks due to torn knee cartilage.

Onyeali, the Pac-12 defensive freshman of the year last season,was injured in the first quarter of the Sun Devils’ 17-14 loss at Illinois on Saturday.

Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson said Onyeali will have surgery on Thursday after an MRI revealed a torn meniscus.

Onyeali could be out for the season if the damage is extensive enough.

The Sun Devils have already been hit hard by injuries, losing cornerback Omar Bolden, receiver T.J. Simpson, running back Deantre Lewis, quarterback Steven Threet and linebacker Brandon Magee to a torn Achilles tendon.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. fahimrasul says:

    ASU would be a completely different team if it were not for all of the injuries. I wonder what the outcome of the season would be if we had our players healthy versus what we will finish. That being said everyone has injuries so we cant use that card. Also ASU is supposed to be a deep team so it just gives us a chance to show off some of the younger players.

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