SEATTLE – This scenario feels very familiar to Washington Huskies football quarterback Keith Price.
Two years ago, in the midst of a tremendous sophomore season, Price was forced to the sideline for most of the night when Washington made the trip to Oregon State.
It’s potentially about to happen again.
“It’s just crazy that I’m injured again before Oregon State,” Price said after Friday’s loss at UCLA.
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday that the Huskies are preparing for redshirt freshman quarterback Cyler Miles to make his first college start against Oregon State with Price’s status uncertain. Price injured his right (throwing) shoulder in the second quarter of the 41-31 loss to the 14th-ranked Bruins and was unable to return to the game.
Sarkisian said Price will not try to practice until Thursday, at which time the coach will decide on a starter.
“With what our medical team has done, in my opinion (they) have done a great job already identifying it,” Sarkisian said. “The swelling is reducing rapidly. His movement is much better today than it was the last couple of days. So we’ll see where he’s at Thursday.”
Price was hurt when he was crunched by UCLA’s pass rush on consecutive plays at the end of the first half. Sarkisian said Price was unsure which play the injury happened on, but that swelling in the shoulder started almost immediately after the Huskies went to the locker room at halftime.
Before getting hurt, Price had completed 10 of 18 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown. He returned to the sideline in the second half and watched Miles throw for 149 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in the second half of the Huskies’ loss.
Sarkisian said there is no structural damage to Price’s shoulder and that his ability to play will be largely based on pain tolerance and his ability to make all the necessary throws in practice Thursday. If Price is unable to go against the Beavers, he’ll have a short turnaround with the Huskies (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) hosting rival Washington State in the Apple Cup six days later on Friday, Nov. 29.
“I don’t count the guy out. He’s a fighter; he’s a competitor,” Sarkisian said. “I think he’s playing a really good football game there in the first half. If the touchdown pass to (Damore’ea Stringfellow) doesn’t get called back, he’s well over 200 yards passing against a good defense. Hopefully, we get him back. If not, I know he’ll be the first guy there helping Cyler prepare and getting ready to play Saturday.”