Kovacevic has been on campus all summer. He's one of four players with size, and is expected to be in contention for playing time.
If he has to miss any practice time, it will further thin out a frontcourt that can use all the bodies it can get. With Jordan Loveridge working out with the wings and the guards, it's presumed that the sophomore will spend more his time this season at small forward.
That leaves Kovacevic, Jeremy Olsen, Renan Lenz and Dallin Bachynski in the paint. Without Kovacevic, Loveridge will probably play more power forward.
It's still speculation. The results of the MRI aren't in. But Kovacevic at the very least can ill-afford to lose time in practice. In truth, nobody can. On this Utah roster, the battle for minutes is more competitive than any time in Larry Krystkowiak's three-year tenure.
Kovacevic faces a challenge to get on the floor. If he's injured, that will no doubt put him behind.