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June 3, 2008 4:13 PM

Savannah breaks arm, out two-three months

Posted by Bob Condotta

Some bad news for the Huskies today as school officials confirmed that linebacker E.J. Savannah recently broke the humerus bone in his left arm in a non-football-related incident on Saturday night.

Team trainers say this is an injury that typically requires two-to-three months to fully recover, so that means Savannah could miss Washington's season opener on Aug. 30 at Oregon.

The humerus bone is the long bone that runs from the shoulder to the elbow. One source indicated Savannah was injured while arm-wrestling.

Savannah, an outside linebacker, was UW's leading tackler last season with 111 tackles and has been named to a few pre-season all-conference teams. Savannah was suspended for the first half of spring practice for missing a few off-season workouts, but came back to lead the team in the spring game with eight tackles.

His loss for even a game or two could be a big blow for a UW team that faces a tough early schedule in what looms as a make-or-break year for head coach Tyrone Willingham. After the Oregon game, UW hosts BYU and Oklahoma, each likely to be highly-ranked.

Savannah, a junior, figures to be a key part of the plans of new defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, who has said he might use some 3-4 defensive schemes to take advantage of the team's depth at linebacker. But losing Savannah would obviously curtail that depth for a while. Savannah was replaced in the early part of spring drills by walk-on Joshua Gage, with Trenton Tuiasosopo and Donald Butler sharing the middle and Mason Foster starting at the other outside spot.

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