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Cincinnati Suffers Huge Injury Blow Ahead Of Thursday's UCLA Game

A general view of Cincinnati's football stadium.

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 03: The Connecticut Huskies play the Cincinnati Bearcats on December 3, 2011 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bearcats defeated the Connecticut Huskies 35-27. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)

Thursday night's Cincinnati-UCLA game is one of the most-intriguing Week 1 matchups, as it pits Luke Fickell's Bearcats against Chip Kelly's Bruins.

Cincinnati, which is set to play at Ohio State in Week 2, has reportedly suffered a major injury blow ahead of tomorrow night's game.

Yahoo! Sports college football insider Pete Thamel is reporting that star Cincinnati safety James Wiggins will miss the game with a knee injury.

"He'll be out indefinitely with a knee injury. Wiggins is the team's best defensive player and one of the team's best athletes," he reports.

That's a huge blow to a Cincinnati defense that will be looking to slow down Chip Kelly's fast-paced UCLA offense.

It could be a major concern for Cincinnati moving forward, too, as the Bearcats have to play at Ohio State in Week 2.

Cincinnati and UCLA are set to play on Thursday night at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.