Jordan Pu'u-Robinson, a 2009 Baldwin High School graduate, broke the middle finger on his left hand Saturday on the first play of the University of Hawaii football team's 52-14 loss to San Diego State, X-rays showed Tuesday, and has said he will miss at least two weeks.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman had surgery to insert two pins and four screws in the finger Wednesday.
"I just have to take it week by week and see how I progress," he said Thursday.
Hawaii (1-4, 0-2 Mountain West Conference) is to play New Mexico (3-3, 1-1) at home on Saturday.
Pu'u-Robinson has played two games since being declared eligible by the NCAA after transferring from Washington State. He started against the Aztecs and played the full game.
"It was hanging out - that's football, you just tape it up and play," he said. "I got an X-ray Tuesday and it showed I had a break and some bones floating around."
Pu'u-Robinson missed the entire 2010 season at Washington State because of an injured knee.
"It's frustrating, but it is part of the game," he said. "I have been injured before and there's not much you can control with it. You just have to rehab and get better."
Pu'u-Robinson has three tackles, all solo, this season as part of a defensive line that has suffered multiple injuries.
"I hate not being there to provide depth with the guys," he said. "That is the most frustrating part - I can't help my teammates out, especially on defensive line where we are so thin."
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