PROVO, Utah (AP) — Team officials said initial X-rays performed on two Hawaii players taken to the hospital because of possible neck injuries were negative.
The defensive tackles were taken to a Provo hospital after being injured in apparent helmet-to-helmet collisions on back-to-back series during the first quarter against Brigham Young on Friday night.
Backup Geardon Hanohano was the first loaded on a backboard and carted off the field, but not before flashing the "shaka"— the Hawaiian sign for hang loose. He reportedly complained of numbness.
The second player, starting defensive tackle Siasau Matagiese, was injured on the Warriors' next defensive series. After a lengthy delay, he too was placed on a backboard and carted off. He also managed to signal the crowd with his thumb and little finger.
Also, BYU starting running back Michael Alisa injured his right forearm in the first quarter and did not return. He finished with two carries for 12 yards.