PROVO — Specific injury information isn't always easy to come by at BYU, but one can sometimes learn things from the weekly depth chart.
This week's depth chart, as the team prepares to take on Mississippi State Saturday, did not list either starting outside linebacker Matt Hadley or starting receiver Talon Shumway. Hadley sat out Friday's loss to Boise State with an undisclosed injury, while Shumway was seen leaving the game during the first half.
Sitake does comment on season-ending injuries, yet wouldn't reveal any injuries that would be considered as such, beyond the shoulder injury defensive tackle Tevita Mo'Unga sustained earlier in the year.
"There's some that are close, but (we're) still evaluating," Sitake said.
Hadley's injury comes on top of the team losing starting middle linebacker Butch Pau'u with an apparent hand injury sustained early during the Cougars' 40-24 loss to Utah State. Pau'u was listed on this week's depth chart, while Hadley was not.
With regards to how the injuries to two starters have affected the defense as a whole, Sitake responded, "I think every injury affects the team, but that's part of college football. Everyone has injured players."
Regarding the injury to tight end Moroni Laulu-Pututau, who has yet to play this season, Sitake said him playing this year, "is looking bleak."
MORE COWBELL: When playing at Mississippi State, opposing players don't only have to battle opposing players, but also cowbells. The Bulldog fans bring them out in earnest and ring them loud throughout any game.
BYU sophomore cornerback Troy Warner was asked about taking on the cowbells this Saturday, and specifically if he likes the noise.
"We'll find out," Warner said. "I watched the game against LSU, and I thought it was pretty cool. I don't know if I'll like it — playing against them, but we'll see."