The collisions that take place, and the things that go on in big-time football games. It’s very violent. It’s the most unfortunate part of the game, and I feel bad for these kids. They lay it all on the line. —Kyle Whittingham
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham said Monday he intends to visit Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown, who remains in a Salt Lake City hospital following a nasty right leg injury that he suffered in the fourth quarter of the Ducks’ 51-27 win over the Utes on Saturday.
According to GoDucks.com editor Rob Moseley, Brown was taken to a hospital after the game. Brown underwent surgery on the leg on Sunday, Whittingham said during Monday's weekly football press conference.
“I went over (Sunday), but he was in surgery, so I timed it not real good,” Whittingham said. “But he’s here (in Salt Lake City) and I’ll get over there at some point, if not today, the next couple of days.”
Brown was one of three players to leave Saturday’s game with serious leg injuries. Utah quarterback Kendal Thompson, who started the game for the Utes, left during Utah’s second drive with a season-ending knee injury. Utah receiver Tim Patrick was carted off after suffering a season-ending lower leg injury in the third quarter.
Oregon center Hroniss Grasu (knee) and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (toe) also left with injuries on Saturday, according to FOX Sports.
Both Brown and Patrick’s injuries eerily occurred in nearly the same location of the north end zone.
“Our thoughts and hearts are with Pharaoh, as well as a couple Utah guys who had a couple unbelievable, significant non-contact injuries," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich told reporters on Sunday.
When asked if the field conditions played a factor in the injuries, Whittingham said he didn’t think that was the case.
“I’m not a turf expert. I know the turf is not that old,” Whittingham said. “That’s something you’d have to ask the grounds crew it seems OK to me.”
Brown caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's game before the injury. The junior grabbed 25 passes for 420 yards and six touchdowns throughout the season.
Whittingham added it was difficult to see all the injuries that accumulated on both sides during the game.
“It’s the worst part of the game. It’s a brutal game.” Whittingham said. “The collisions that take place, and the things that go on in big-time football games. It’s very violent. It’s the most unfortunate part of the game, and I feel bad for these kids. They lay it all on the line.”