Villanova football coach Andy Talley said during today's Colonial Athletic Association teleconference that junior defensive end Rakim Cox won't be available for Saturday's 3 p.m. first round Football Championship Subdivision game at Stony Brook due to a knee injury.
"He won't be available," Talley said of Cox. "He will be getting an MRI."
Cox suffered the injury during the third quarter of Saturday's 41-10 win at Delaware. In the game, Cox had two tackles, one for loss.
This season the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Cox has 24 tackles, seven for loss, and a team-high 5.5 sacks. He has also blocked on kick for the 8-3 Wildcats.
"He has been a great defensive end for us," Talley said of Cox.
Talley said a number of other players are banged up and he was surprised not to receive a bye. Villanova earned the CAA's automatic bid as conference champion, winning the tiebreaker among four teams that were on top with 6-2 marks.
There were 20 bids extended, with 12 teams earning byes.
"I was hoping we wouldn't have to play in the first round," Talley said. "More than anything is the rest and now we won't have that."