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April 22, 2008 1:58 PM

More on Garcia

Posted by Bob Condotta

Got a little more here on Juan Garcia after having transcribed the tape.

In essence, Garcia said he has two options for treatment --- have surgery immediately and hope that he could return by mid-season at the earliest, or wait a month and see if the injury begins to heal on its own, which might mean an even earlier return. The danger with the second option is that if it doesn't heal, then he would have to have surgery, and it would be a month later in the process and probably cost him the season.

"There's a 60 percent chance it won't heal,'' Garcia said.

But Garcia sounded pessimistic that either option would enable him to really do much for the Huskies this year.

"If I wait for that surgery at the end of four weeks and everything doesn't go good, that's the end of that,'' he said. "So maybe I'll go for surgery so I can say bye to the fans and come in for a play or two and say goodbye to the fans and say I was a Husky football player.''

Asked if there was a chance he could return for the beginning of the season, Garcia said "I don't know about that one. Maybe some miracle happens and I get healthy in four weeks. But I don't think I'd be ready to go the first couple of games. I don't know. Maybe. People say I'm the comeback king, maybe I can come back and make the rehab shorter than it is and make the doctors amazed with the stuff I do way before I'm supposed to. So maybe that's what I'm leaning on right now.''

While the injury is similar to that of Isaiah Stanback's, Garcia said it's a particularly devestating injury for an offensive linemen.

"Like the doctor said, I'm an O-lineman and I've got to push 250 pounds and push (my) weight and then push a big guy's weight and you're always on your heels and stuff,'' he said. "So that's what makes this injury bad.''

Garcia said the injury is essentially a tear at the bottom of his foot.

"I could have done the top of my foot where it wouldn't have been that big of a deal,'' he said. "But I had to go mess up the bottom. It's just frustrating. I knew from the moment it happened --- it kind of felt like slow motion --- I knew it wouldn't be good.''

Garcia said the injury happened on a goal-line play.

"The handoff went to the fullback and he got stuffed at the line of scrimmage and I said 'we've got to punch this in,''' he said. "So I hit the line and the linebackers were pushing and then all those guys just jumped on and started pushing the other way and my leg got caught in the rug and my knee started going one way and I just felt it snap, just feeling everything rip. I just knew from the get-go it wasn't going to be good. Maybe if I didn't try to push that guy in for a touchdown (it wouldn't have happened) but that's not my style.''

Garcia said he has had trouble sleeping since the injury, frustrated over being hurt again and trying to figure out what he does now.

He said he hopes to have a decision on what course of rehab action to take tomorrow after meeting with coaches today.

"I'm a little sad, a little heart-broken,'' he said. "But it is what it is.''

The injury is especially tough because Garcia made the choice to come back for a sixth season of eligibility when he could have instead been preparing this week for the NFL Draft --- analysts say he would have had a chance to be a mid-to-late-round pick.

"That's crossed my mind,'' Garcia said of second-guessing his decision. "It's going to cross my mind. But I thought I could have been a better player. One of my main goals was to leave the University of Washington as an elite lineman. The O-line has been a question mark and been embarassing (earlier in his career) and then we've kind of been building momentum and I've been taking pride in that, and going into this last year I was just so happy we've got an O-line I was proud about. It just kind of breaks me up that I've got to watch it from the sidelines. ... I just had a feeling I could have been special (so) it just feels frustrating.''

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