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August 9, 2008 5:18 PM

Husky nightcap, day six

Posted by Bob Condotta

A wrapup of the day that was:

WHAT HAPPENED --- The Huskies held two practices, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon --- going in full pads in the morning --- sandwiching the team’s annual Picture Day.

THE BIG STORY --- As detailed in the two posts below, it was eventually revealed today by Jake Locker's father, Scott, that the UW quarterback has a slght strain, or tear, of his left hamstring. His comments came after UW coach Tyrone Willingham met with the media and said he had up update because he hadn't seen the MRI yet because he "it's not a big concern to me.'' Willingham seemed to be implying it wasn't a big concern because he's not that worried about it, indicating again that he doesn't expect Locker to be out long. Whatever the case, Scott Locker's comments lended some clarity to the situation that indeed seems to indicate Jake Locker will be ready to go come Aug. 30.

THE BIG STORY, NO. 2 --- Also learned today is that RB Brandon Johnson is still struggling to get past his off-season knee surgery to fix PCL and meniscus injuries. Willingham had said earlier that Johnson was still not 100 percent, and today said there are some "complications'' which today forced Johnson to sit out. It's starting to sound like Johnson could need more time than originally thought to round back into shape, which will further muddy the waters at tailback --- he was the projected starter heading into camp and the only Husky who has ever carried the ball in a game. However, with Chris Polk playing there for the time being, and maybe permanently, it's not as if UW lacks options at that spot with six tailbacks besides Johnson in camp.

SIGN HERE, PLEASE --- Picture Day meant the annual lengthy line greeting Locker. A UW official said there were more than 300 people waiting for autographs and pictures of Locker when the event began, and the line was cut off shortly after due to a shortage of time to get everyone through. Willingham had the second-longest line. Polk appeared to have the next-longest line of any player. UW officials estimated there were at least 2,000 people at the event.

WHAT'S NEXT --- The Huskies will take Sunday off before returning with two practices on Monday.

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August 9, 2008 1:31 PM

Locker's father: "He'll be on the field at Oregon''

Posted by Bob Condotta

While UW coach Tyrone Willingham said he didn't know the results of Jake Locker's MRI, Locker's father Scott Locker told reporters today that they revealed "a minor strain (of the hamstring) on the outside of his left leg.''

But Scott Locker said his son could be back practicing soon and that he doesn't expect it to impact his status for the Oregon game Aug. 30.

"I have little doubt he'll be on the field at Oregon,'' Scott Locker said with a smile.

Scott Locker said the location of the injury added to the optimism that Jake Locker won't be out long.

"It wasn't to the backside, it was more to the side,'' he said. "And they said that would be something that would be a quicker heal for him. They said if it was going to have to happen, that would be one of the better places for it.''

Scott Locker told KJR-AM in a separate interview Saturday that Jake had suffered "a slight tear.'' He later told a few reporters that the trainer told him the definitions are interchangeable in the instance of this injury.

Scott Locker said trainers were not yet able to give an estimate for when Jake will be able to return to practice, saying "it's a wait and see type of deal.''

"They can't really give a time frame because it dependns on how they heal,'' Scott Locker said. "But he said he didn't think it would be too long and he would be back to ready to go.''

Jake Locker won't practice today and Scott Locker said it could still be a few days before he is able to return.

"It will be at least a few days that they will keep him out and keep watching it,'' Scott Locker said

Jake Locker has appeared to move slowly when seen walking the last few days.

But Scott Locker says that is in part due to how the injury is being treated.

"He says it's not all that painful,'' Scott Locker said. "But he's got it wrapped so tight because they want to keep it immobilized.''

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August 9, 2008 12:21 PM

No official word on Locker

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW coach Tyrone Willingham had no update to pass along today on QB Jake Locker because he said he hadn't seen the results of the MRI yet.

Willingham said the results are in, he just hadn't seen them yete.

"It's not a big concern for me,'' he said, adding that he didn't think it a big deal because he's confident Locker will return to action fairly quickly.

"He'll be well when he's well,'' Willingham said. "He'll be ready to go.''

Pressed on that, Willingham said: "We said it'd be day by day. He'll be ready pretty soon and away we go.''

And pressed further, Willingham said "Our medical staff knows that (the results of the MRI). I haven't asked them about that.''

Willingham was slightly more forthcoming about other injuries, saying that RB Brandon Johnson is still struggling to recover from off-season knee surgery and CB Byron Davenport is ailing with an ankle injury suffered Friday.

"Brandon was a little slower today than we thought but he'll be okay,'' Willingham said. "It's just some complications with it.''

In better injury news, Willingham said center Juan Garcia said has been able to gradually increase his work in practice without suffering any re-injury of any kind.

"None that he's spoken of,'' Willingham said, adding that Garcis is "just slowly'' progressing back into action.

On other matters:

--- Willingham said the team is "starting to get into the rhythm of camp. Yesterday picked it up, today had wonderful energy and enthusiasm so they are starting to get into a rhythm.''

--- Asked about the receivers, Willingham said "I've been pleased. There's not a disappointment in the group.''

--- Willingham praised the play of Ronnie Fouch and said he is getting "the lion's share'' of the reps that Locker would normally have gotten.

--- Reporters saw WR D'Andre Goodwin walk by with ice wrapped around his shoulder. Willingham didn't mention anything about that during his session.

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August 9, 2008 11:23 AM

Saturday morning notes

Posted by Bob Condotta

I actually was unable to attend practice this morning but I am here for Tyrone Willingham's press briefing, when we may get an update on Jake Locker.

But a few notes to pass along:

--- Am told that RB Brandon Johnson and CB Byron Davenport were each not practicing this morning. We'll have to find out exactly what the situation is there. Should add that Locker was also not practicing, as was to be expected regardless of what the MRI may have shown.

--- Jordan Murchison has also landed at Central Washington University, along with J.R. Hasty. Here's CWU's complete roster.

--- Former Husky Louis Rankin had a good night for the Raiders last night against the 49ers, ripping off a 72-yard run and finishing with 91 overall. Here are the complete stats showing that Greyson Gunheim made a tackle, and Marques Tuiasosopo also had a 31-yard run.

--- Roy Lewis made four tackles and Jordan Reffett two for the Steelers last night.

More later.

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