Cameron Rising will miss his second straight game on Saturday when No. 12 Utah faces Baylor on the road.

ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported early Saturday morning that Rising is not expected to play for the Utes. That’s in keeping with a report on Friday from KSL’s Josh Newman. Even though he won’t play, Rising is in Waco with the team and appears to be making progress toward a return.

Utah’s home Pac-12 opener against UCLA on Sept. 23 could be a target date for his return, per Thamel. The Utes face Weber State in Salt Lake City next weekend, Sept. 16. If he was ready, Utah could use the game to ease Rising back into action. The coaching staff could also push to give him as much time as possible before putting him back on the field.

Rising went through the week of practice without limitations for the first time. He was a limited participant throughout camp.

The senior quarterback is coming off of offseason ACL surgery and after Utah battered Florida in its opener, 24-11, without Rising’s help, the program can afford to be cautious. Baylor will have its own backup quarterback running the show on Saturday. The Bears also lost their opener at home to Texas State a week ago.

Bryson Barnes completed 12 of his 18 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown against the Gators last Thursday. He threw a 70-yard touchdown on the Utes’ first offensive play of the game and did enough throughout to help the Utes to a win — moving him to 2-0 as a starter.

Utah used Nate Johnson as a change-of-pace quarterback behind Barnes. The second-year man completed three of his four pass attempts for 6 yards while adding 45 rushing yards and a touchdown on six carries.

With Rising sidelined again, expect Barnes to start and Johnson to see the field same as last week.

Kickoff is set for 9 a.m. PT on ESPN.