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UCLA’s Marcus Rios won’t have surgery, could return in 2013

Coach Jim Mora watches practice on the field at UCLA.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

UCLA cornerback Marcus Rios has received the first piece of good news in months. He will not need more surgery to clean out a fungus infection in his sinus area.

Rios has undergone six surgeries since October. However, doctors believe antibiotics are dealing with the issue.

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The infection was located behind his eye and beneath his brain. Rios has been receiving antibiotics through a peripherally inserted central catheter line in his arm.

“It is very rare,” Rios said last month. “Only 12 people have ever had it and eight of them have died.”

There is a slim chance that Rios could return during the 2013 season. He played in nine games as a freshman last season.

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