Arizona will be without sixth-year senior defensive lineman JB Brown this season.

According to 247Sports’ Jason Scheer, Brown will miss the year after having surgery to address a shoulder injury. This will mark the third season in a row Arizona will be without Brown’s services.

Brown opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID. He then played in four games last season — three of them as a starter along the defensive line — before missing the rest of the year due to an undisclosed reason. His last full season came in 2019, when he made six starts (12 appearances) and finished with 21 tackles, five tackles for loss, and three sacks.

For his career, Brown 32 appearances for the UA and 17 starts, recording 61 tackles, 14.5 TFLs, and 6.5 sacks.

Arizona will miss him on the interior. In his absence, look for the Wildcats to lean on fourth-year junior Kyon Barrs and third-year sophomore Paris Shand. Coach Jedd Fisch told reporters on Monday he expects UCLA transfer Tiaoalii Savea to be available for the season-opener against San Diego State and that freshman Jacob Kongaika will get a look right away.

The Wildcats play at San Diego State on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 12:30 p.m. PT on CBS.