Utah State forward Nate Bendall, a preseason all-WAC second team selection, has suffered a setback with a chronic foot injury and could very well struggle to get on the court this season to help the Aggies defend their conference title.
Bendall's right foot had kept him out of workouts, and after coming back to play in the team's intrasquad scrimmage, he was once again sidelined for the Aggies' exhibition game on Saturday.
According to The Herald Journal, that left coach Stew Morrill feeling doubtful about Bendall's availability this season.
"It's the same stuff," Morrill said. "He tried to go. He just can't go. He wakes up in the morning and can't walk. He's got chronic foot issues. ... We were probably fortunate to get him through last year. Whether or not he'll be able to play at all is hard to say. He's going to be out at least four weeks or more, and then we will go from there."
If the 6-foot-9 Bendall does play, the Salt Lake Tribune reports that he might have to play through a significant amount of pain. As the team's second-leading returning scorer and rebounder, Utah State certainly needs him.
But if he can't go, the Aggies will need more contributions out of their other forwards. Morgan Grim is eligible this season after transferring from Utah, and Morrill can also turn to Matt Formisano and Brady Jardine.