Arizona State is still waiting on a prognosis for running back Ryan Torain, who on Tuesday returned from attending a family funeral in Kansas to undergo an magnetic resonance imaging exam on his left foot.
Torain was injured during Saturday’s game against Washington and is still on crutches. He is out for at least the California game on Oct. 27.
“I’ll know more (today),” ASU coach Dennis Erickson said. “I don’t want to say too much about it because I don’t know enough about it. It’s a new, interesting injury to me.”
Torain, a senior who has rushed for 1,782 yards in 19 games as a Sun Devil, was diagnosed with a sprained foot. However, Erickson said Torain’s toe is significantly involved in the injury.
“I’ve never heard of anything like that before,” Erickson said.
In other injury news, tight end Brent Miller, who underwent an operation to repair torn cartilage in his right knee on Friday, could play against Cal.
“The doctors were really pleased with how his surgery turned out,” Erickson said. “He might have a chance.”
Cornerback Chris Baloney suffered a sprained ankle during Tuesday’s practice but is expected to be OK. Linebacker Gerald Munns, who has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury against San Diego State, could play in the Cal game.
Quarterback Rudy Carpenter has taken a high-profile beating this season, getting sacked 21 times in the last four contests. He took a wallop while on the run against Washington, when was vaulted in the air near the goal line and fell hard out of bounds, laying on the ground for a few moments.
However, Carpenter on Tuesday said he is holding up physically.
Since moving to the defensive line from tight end just before the start of the season, junior Dane Guthrie has been needling the coaching staff to let him play on both sides of the ball. He appears to be getting a chance at least.
On Tuesday, Guthrie got some snaps at tight end.
“I told him that if he played hard Saturday on defense, I’d bring him over,” Erickson said. “He played his rear end off, so we brought him over for a day.”
With the Sun Devils ranked 12th and one of only six undefeated teams in the nation, the inquiries from the national media are pouring in.
Keegan Herring, who, with Torain out, takes over as starting running back, will be the subject of an ESPN “College GameDay” profile on Oct. 27.
Herring has pressed on after death claimed four people — his father, sister, aunt and a close friend — during the spring.
ASU’s athletics media relations office has fielded 39 interview requests for Erickson since the Washington game.