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Patton, who missed nearly all of last season with a hamstring pull, felt a twinge in the muscle yesterday so he also sat out.
"He just had a tight hamstring and he has a history of it, so it's just precautionary," Jones said.
Fuga and Lutu-Carroll remained sidelined with knee injuries. Both are out with partial tears of the medial collateral ligament in the right knee. Such an injury does not normally require surgery, and both expect to be ready to play Sept. 4.
Purcell played behind Travis LaBoy and Houston Ala last year. He had 40 tackles in 11 games, including a career-high 12 against Texas-El Paso. That effort earned him WAC Player of the Week honors.
While Purcell is out, junior Kila Kamakawiwo'ole moves to No. 1 on the depth chart at left end.
"Everyone will rotate in, but Kila's a guy who all of a sudden would get a lot more reps," Jones said. "(Darrell) Tautofi's another guy, but he's got an arch problem. So we're looking at a lot of people."
Kamakawiwo'ole is also listed No. 2 behind Tony Akpan at right end.
"Kila could very easily start," defensive line coach Vantz Singletary said. "Right now he's been splitting the time at the starting position. He knows what we do, how we do it. He's been around. I'm very fond of him and the kids are. We have a lot of confidence in him. If he's the starting guy we're not going to miss a whole lot."
Kamakawiwo'ole is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound athlete who played defensive back and receiver in high school. He appeared in 11 games last year, mostly on special teams, and had three tackles.
"When I came in (from Kaimuki High School) I was 210. I came in a little heavy, so they moved me to linebacker, then I moved my way to defensive end. It's kind of a big transition," he said.
Also, backup sophomore defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis is recovering from back surgery and will likely miss the season opener.
Singletary, though, remains upbeat.
"Part of the game. I'm still smiling, playing Nintendo, having fun," he said.
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