Oregon State defensive tackle Siale Hautau broke his hand in Tuesday’s practice and will miss the rest of spring, football coach Mike Riley said.

Hautau has already had surgery and was back on the sidelines Thursday with his left arm in a sling. He could not comment on the injury because Thursday is a day OSU doesn’t make players available to the media.

“Hopefully, he’ll have time at the end of May to condition himself for the season,” Riley said.

Hautau, a junior college transfer from Snow College near Salt Lake City, joined the Beavers in the winter and was already atop the depth chart at his position.

The Beavers hope he can be a regular contributor, if not the starter, in the fall. He is a 6-foot-1, 320-pounder they want to stuff the run up the middle.

Rivals.com ranked him the No. 65 junior college defensive tackle in the nation last season.

“We’ll be OK for now,” Riley said. “We have enough depth there.”

Cliff Kirkpatrick covers Oregon State sports for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at cliff.kirkpatrick@lee.net.

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