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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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