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UCLA's Kevin Prince to have surgery

Kevin Prince will have exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Saturday and his return this season is uncertain, a UCLA spokesman said before the Bruins faced Oregon Thursday night.

Prince injured his knee Sept. 25 against Texas and sat out the following week. He returned and played against California on Oct. 9. He had two MRIs on his knee this week and both were inconclusive, thus surgery was recommended.

The length of recovery will depend on the results of the scope.

"We'll know more once they're inside," coach Rick Neuheisel said after Thursday's 60-13 loss at Oregon. "It'll probably be at least a couple of weeks. It's very unlikely he'll be ready for anything in the Arizona game and we'll see about Oregon State."

UCLA plays Arizona on Oct. 30 and Oregon State on Nov. 6.

Prince was at Oregon and dressed for the game but did not play. Backup Richard Brehaut started.

Brehaut was making his second career start and first on the road. He started Oct. 2 against Washington State and led the Bruins to a 42-28 victory. He completed 12 of 23 passes for 128 yards -- the most yards passing by a UCLA quarterback this season.

He has played in relief in two other games and for the season is 19 of 38 for 189 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

"I feel like I'm without a doubt ready if I get the call," Brehaut said earlier this week.

Peter Yoon covers UCLA football for ESPNLosAngeles.com.