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ASU DT Falahola suffers elbow injury

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Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2007 12:56 pm | Updated: 7:53 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

CAMP TONTOZONA - Arizona State defensive tackle Saia Falahola suffered a torn elbow tendon during a recent practice and returned to the Valley on Thursday for a magnetic resonance imaging exam.

Coach Dennis Erickson said that he would have the results later Thursday afternoon.

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"If it's partially torn, he'll be back in three or four weeks," Erickson said. "If it's totally torn, he'll have to have surgery and be out for the season."

Falahola, a 6-foot-2, 301-pound redshirt freshman, was moved to defensive line from the offense during the spring. He is among a group of players -- including Jon Hargis, Jonathan English, Alex Asi, and Zach Niusulu -- battling for playing time behind projected starting tackles Michael Marquardt and David Smith.

The injury occurred during a drill on Wednesday, Erickson said. It is the Sun Devils' second serious injury in three days; first-string safety Troy Nolan is out at least two weeks with a shoulder ailment.

Asi (knee), defensive end Kellen Mills (ankle) and receiver Brandon Smith (ankle) were among those that did not participate in the morning practice. Receiver-tight end Tyrice Thompson (concussion) wore an orange (non-contact) jersey.

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