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A National Title Contender Just Received Some Devastating Injury News

Washington football players take the field.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 27: Members of the Washington Huskies take the field before a football game against the Washington State Cougars at Husky Stadium on November 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies won the game 45-10. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

A college football national title contender received some devastating injury news this afternoon.

Washington, the potential favorite in the Pac-12 and a popular College Football Playoff pick, took a major hit to its offense today, as it learned that one of its top skill players will probably miss the entire 2018 season.

Hunter Bryant, a Freshman All-American in 2017, is expected to miss the majority of the '18 season with a knee injury.

Washington head coach Chris Petersen confirmed the news today.

"Hunter did have surgery," Petersen said at Pac-12 Football Media Day. "We’ll just see how he progresses. He’s not going to be ready at the start of the season. It may end up being his redshirt year, especially with the four games he can play (with new NCAA rule). But he will not be ready at the start of the season and it will be a month or two before we can really see where he’s at."

Bryant, a 6-foot-2 tight end, caught 22 passes for 322 yards and 1 touchdown during the 2017 season.

Washington, a likely preseason top 10 team, is set to open the year on a big stage. The Huskies are set to take on Auburn at 3:30 p.m. E.T.