It's was a classic case of adding injury to insult.
After getting worked over in a 43-21 loss to No. 2 Oregon that wasn't nearly as close as the score indicates, the Sun Devils received some hopeful news on Friday.
Their all-everything defensive tackle and leader, Will Sutton, left Thursday's game with a right knee injury on the game's second play. According to a release from ASU, after an MRI today, Sutton received a "good prognosis" and is listed as "week to week".
While is remains to be seen what Sutton's actually time table for a return may be, this is clearly great news for a Sun Devil team that remains tied for first place in the division.
The loss of Sutton was a massive blow to the defense on Thursday. This season, Sutton has elevated his game to an elite level, and was arguably the most dominant defensive tackle in the nation through the first six weeks. He entered Thursday's game second in the nation with 8.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
Jake Sheffield, the former Marine and juco transfer, filled in for Sutton and was routinely dominated by the Oregon line. The 6-foot-3, 273 pounder has an excellent motor, but it the difference is talent drop-off from Sutton is significant.
ASU will host UCLA in a critical Pac-12 South battle on Saturday, and then travel to Oregon State and USC in the weeks after that. Should the Sun Devils want to maintain their division title hopes, Sutton's presence in the middle will be a necessity.