Paus will undergo surgery today to have a screw inserted in his broken right fibula. UCLA said Wednesday that Paus very easily could recover from surgery pretty quickly, and in fact, be exercising on the foot within a couple of weeks.
This is a pretty amazing turn of events for Paus who, after suffering the injury in the Cal game Saturday, believed that his career at UCLA was over, as did most observers.
When asked how he would feel about the possibility of returning, Paus said, "It would be phenomenal. That's my goal. I don't want to plan on it because if it doesn't happen it would be too devastating. But I'm going to stay in shape and be ready."
Paus came out to practice Wednesday on crutches. In addition to releasing the information that he could possibly return, Paus wanted to talk about two other issues.
The first was how much Paus wanted to now support the young quarterbacks on the team that will have to step up in his place. "I really want to continue to contribute. The three young guys, the three freshmen, didn't plan on this happening. I want to be there for them and help however I can."
The second issue: Paus wanted to thank the fans who sent him supportive notes after his injury. Paus was holding a poster board filled with get-well wishes from fans and said he had been shown dozens of e-mails and Internet message board posts (from Bruin Report Online) wishing him well since Saturday. "I'm really appreciative," Paus said. "I didn't always feel like they were my No. 1 fans. But doing something like this, it makes me feel a lot better. I wanted to thank everyone."