In a 32-31 win over South Alabama on Saturday, UCLA saw both Gary Smith III and Martin Andrus Jr. go down with injuries.

Barring a medical waiver that would provide a seventh season of eligibility, Andrus’ injury will end his college career. UCLA head coach Chip Kelly shared on Monday that an unspecified injury will cause Andrus to miss the rest of the 2022 season. He pushed through two major knee injuries to return late last season, but the injury he suffered in the third quarter Saturday will cause another lengthy rehab process.

“It’s crushing cause you watched him rehab,” Kelly said Monday. “He’s a sixth-year kid that came back, took advantage of the COVID year, has worked so hard and was playing really, really well for us.

“He’s got a great mindset and a great attitude. He’s a special young man. He’ll overcome this like he’s overcome the other ones, but it’s the fact that he doesn’t get to finish the way he wanted to finish is hard and it’s tough. … It hurts our team, you lose a real critical member of our team up front, but you feel more just regardless of the team and the impact it has football-wise, I feel more for Martin as a person just because it’s tough, but you can’t control those things, it’s part of the game and you gotta deal with them as they come and he’s dealt with them as good as any player I’ve been with.”

Andrus has 31 career appearances for UCLA and 33 tackles.

Smith was not a participant in practice on Monday, according to multiple reports. The combined absences left the UCLA defensive line incredibly thin.

According to The L.A. Times’ Ben Bolch, there were only four interior defensive linemen who were not in scout-team jerseys at practice on Monday. That group included former walk-on Dovid Magna and a converted linebacker/fullback Sitiveni Havili-Kaufusi.

UCLA’s opponent this week, Colorado, has done nothing well to start the season, but that could be a significant issue for the Bruins if Smith remains limited.