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November 10, 2008 3:55 PM

Locker update

Posted by Bob Condotta

A number of you have asked for an update on Jake Locker.

The latest from UW coach Tyrone Willingham today is that he's scheduled to have surgery this week or next week to remove some of the plates that are holding his repaired thumb together. Willingham said "that is usually a good sign that healing is taking place.''

It's also an expected part of the process. Once he has the surgery, Locker will then begin rehab. UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said a few weeks ago he thought the rehab would take a little while so he didn't expect an immediate return for Locker once the plates are removed, speculating that Locker could miss the rest of the season.

Willingham continues to be vague about a timeline, saying only today that "it's too early'' to say whether Locker could be back this season. Asked if it's likely the only game Locker could play would be the finale at Cal Dec. 6, Willingham said he wouldn't commit to that, appearing to leave the door open for an earlier return. Realistically, however, it seems like Cal would be the only game Locker could play the rest of the year. But obviously nothing is really set one way or the other.

TWO OTHER UPDATES...

--- Willingham also said today that X-rays on the arm of CB Vonzell McDowell were negative, so he could be back this week.

--- QB Dominique Blackman, who signed with UW last February but didn't qualify academically, told Dawgman.com that he is still in contact with people at UW and is hoping to enroll for the winter quarter. But he is still in search of a qualifying SAT score. He said he took it again Nov. 1 and will know the results Nov. 20. He's also taking two on-line classes in a further attempt to get qualified.

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