Jake Locker, Washington Quarterback, to Miss Oregon Game With Injury
Coach Steve Sarkisian told the media in Seattle Monday that Locker has a broken rib, a previously undisclosed injury that was exacerbated in Saturday's 41-0 loss to Stanford.
Sarkisian said Locker has been injured since the Oregon State victory on Oct. 16. He had a hairline fracture but was cleared to play by medical staff. The fracture became a full-fledged crack in the rib in the 41-0 loss to Stanford.
"The (medical) staff agreed that it was okay for him to play and we made that decision, a decision that is really made routinely week to week to week not just for a quarterback but for every player on our team,'' Sarkisian said told the Seattle media in his weekly press conference. "In this case the staff has made the recommendation to hold him out and get him healthy. The goal is to have him healthy for our final three ball games.''
Redshirt freshman Keith Price will make his first start on Saturday. Washington is 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-10. Oregon will be Washington's sixth ranked opponent in the last seven games.
Locker had a tough night against the Cardinal, completing 7 of 14 passes for 64 yards.
He started the year as a Heisman Trophy candidate in his fifth season but has not had the kind of season that surely either he or Washington had hoped.
Locker is ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in passing average per game at 209.8 yards per game and 10th in pass efficiency, completing 56.1 percent of his passes.
Washington has a bye week following the Oregon game. The Huskies will play UCLA on Nov. 18. Locker could be ready to play in that game.