The Utes may be without one of their top pass-rushing threats when they open 2014 play.
Senior linebacker Jacoby Hale tore his ACL and MCL at Thursday's practice and will undergo surgery, said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham after practice Saturday.
Whittingham said he's seen guys come back as quickly as four months, but seven is more the norm. If Hale can't return, the team may apply for a hardship waiver.
Hale's injury came on a seemingly harmless play at Spence Eccles Field House. He pivoted to make a play on a left-sideline throw and fell to the turf, writhing in pain.