UCLA football returns to practice with several injured players – LA Daily News

LOS ANGELES — The No. 23 UCLA football team (2-1) appears to have lost more than just the Fresno State game over the weekend.

The Bruins had several notable names from the defense sidelined for Monday’s practices. Defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia and safety Quentin Lake were held off to the sideline doing light stretches during the media viewing period at practice.

“We will see where they are this week and how much they can do over the course of the week,” Coach Chip Kelly said. “We will listen to our trainers and see where they are.

Kelly wouldn’t rule anyone out for Saturday’s game and the program has not provided detailed information about their players’ health.

Both seniors were seen walking back to the locker room during the Fresno State game for further evaluation and did not return to the game.

Ogbonnia went down on the field and talked with athletic trainers on the field before getting up and limping toward the sideline with assistance in the first half. When the team returned from the locker room at halftime, Ogbonnia tried to test his movement to see if he was able to return to the game.

He eventually took his helmet off and sat on the bench for the remainder of the game.

Kelly was pleased with what he saw from the defensive line, including Tyler Manoa, who filled in for Ogbonnia after he left the game.

Manoa started five games in 2019 and played as a reserve in six of seven games last season.

“Those guys did a good job,” Kelly said. “I think the effort we got out of those guys was pretty good.

“We got some work to do on one-on-ones individual battles and pass rush things. Those are things we will continue to work on and drill as a coaching staff.”

Lake also jogged off the field with a slight limp and joined Ogbonnia in the injury tent on the sideline Saturday before going back to the locker room.

Tight end Mike Martinez was also hobbled off the field Saturday and returned from the locker room on crutches. He was in a walking boot Monday and using a scooter to move around. Defensive end Quintin Somerville remains in a walking boot and also moving around on a scooter.

Offensive lineman Siale Taupaki was spotted in a walking boot and defensive lineman Martin Andrus was sidelined. Andrus was practicing last week but has a knee injury that continues to plague him.

Defensive lineman Sitiveni Havili-Kaufusi and receiver Logan Loya were spotted on stationary bikes during football practice.


The Pac-12 announced that UCLA’s conference game against Arizona State will begin at 7:30 pm on FS1 at the Rose Bowl.

The Bruins needed a late second half drive on the road to defeat the Sun Devils 25-18 in Arizona last year. The victory put the Bruins above .500 for the first time under Kelly in three seasons.


UCLA and Temecula Great Oak High alumnus Demetric Felton turned a quick pass from quarterback Baker Mayfield into a 33-yard touchdown in the Cleveland Browns’ 31-21 victory over the Houston Texans.

“It was a great experience,” Felton said during the postgame press conference. “Everyone did their job and blocked for me and I was able to get in the end zone.”

Felton caught the ball on 2nd and 19 with the game tied at 14 with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter. He evaded three defenders and performed a spin move to get past one of them on the way to the end zone for his first regular season touchdown on his first career catch.

“I just saw the (defender) coming from the corner of my eye and saw where his momentum was pulling him so I just spun the other way,” Felton said.

Felton also handles the kick return duties for the Browns, running the opening kickoff back for a 25-yard return.

“It does a lot for my confidence,” Felton said about the kick return. “I think it’s a big confidence boost for the team as well. I feel like we had a lot of energy coming in after that and I was really happy to be a part of that.”

Felton was drafted in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, after five years as a Bruin.