THE SIDELINES : ASU Tackle Postpones Surgery

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Arizona State defensive tackle Shane Collins has decided to postpone surgery on his injured right knee and attempt a comeback this season with the 21st-ranked Sun Devils.

Collins, a junior, was injured Sept. 8. He was expected to begin conditioning today with a heavy brace.

"At this point, we just got to see what happens after he's had a chance to run around a little bit," Arizona State Coach Larry Marmie said Wednesday. "There have been players who played with that injury."

The 6-4, 273-pound Collins underwent arthroscopic surgery Sept. 12, and doctors discovered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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