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Locker plans to start

SEATTLE – Washington quarterback Jake Locker, despite a deep thigh bruise that limited him the last two weeks, will start Saturday when the Huskies try to break their 10-game road losing streak at UCLA.

After having his activity held back in practice early this week, coach Steve Sarkisian took the reins off his quarterback Thursday to test and see how his right thigh injury would respond. Locker passed.

“I wanted to see him run full speed. I wanted to see him really open up and go full speed, and he was able to do that,” Sarkisian said.

Asked if UW’s playcalling would be handcuffed, Sarkisian said, “We won’t hold back.”

Locker was injured in the first quarter of Washington’s 43-19 loss to Oregon on Oct. 24. On a third-and-2 run at the Oregon 12 midway through the first quarter, Locker kept for 3 yards before taking a hard hit from the Ducks’ Javes Lewis. From there, Locker’s leg became progressively stiffer and he began limping.

At first, Sarkisian said Locker was cramping, but a few days later Sarkisian said he had a quadriceps injury.

The injury has lingered to the point where Locker was a spectator during Washington’s off week. The bleeding and swelling in his right leg were still there earlier this week, but Locker said Monday the pain and stiffness have decreased each day.