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June 12, 2008 3:37 PM

Juan Garcia story on ESPN.com

Posted by Bob Condotta

Juan Garcia is the focus of the featured story on ESPN.com's college football page today, an article written by former Seattle P-I writer Ted Miller.

Miller, who now covers the Pac-10 for ESPN.com, writes that Garcia is "cautiously optimistic'' about making a return to the field this season.

I actually talked with UW offensive line coach Mike Denbrock a couple of days ago and he used that exact same phrase in talking about Garcia's possible return, noting that the first medical evaluation last month indicated that the foot was showing some signs of healing.

"It's one of those injuries where unfortunately, at any point during this process, there could be a setback for him,'' Denbrock said. "So I think cautiously optimistic is a good way to describe it. We couldn't be happier with the report we got back from the specialist and the things he told us as far as the healing process moving forward.''

Denbrock said part of the task now will be to keep Garcia from trying to move the process ahead too quickly.

"It's going to be really important as time goes along and he puts more and more weight on his foot that he doesn't try to push the envelope too far,'' Denbrock said. "In the rehab room he's a maniac and he will do whatever is necessary to do. But he has to make sure he doesn't set himself back by doing something foolish.''

I'll have more from Denbrock in a later post.


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