An accumulation of injuries put linebacker Donnie Edwards on the sidelines and his chances of playing in Saturday's season opener against the University of Miami in doubt.
Edwards, a key figure in UCLA's 4-3 defense, is suffering from a hip flexor, sore ribs and a sore lower leg.
"He doesn't look healthy," said Coach Terry Donahue. "He's trying to practice hurt.
"We'll probably turn him loose Saturday and see what happens. I think he'll give it every effort, but I could see where he wouldn't play."
Donahue said a final decision will be made Friday.
Edwards' backup, Jeff Ruckman, is limping because of a strained ankle ligament.
If neither can go, the job would fall to freshman Ramogi Huma, who has recently recovered from an injured shoulder.
It would be a blow to the Bruins if Edwards does not play, regardless of who replaces him. Only fellow linebacker Abdul McCullough can roam all over the field the way Edwards does.