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August 26, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Quick post-practice update

A quick entry to pass along that practice has ended for the day.
The team went in half-pads (helmets and shoulder pads) and was on the field for about two hours.
No new apparent injuries from practice but a couple of new guys sat out.
Most notably, Chris Polk sat out with a concussion suffered in practice on Tuesday. Coach Steve Sarkisian said it was more precautionary and Polk could be back soon.
TE Kavario Middleton also was out again with a hamstring injury and he could be sidelined until Monday though he should be a go for the LSU game. WR Cody Bruns is also out with a hamstring injury that he injured last night.
In fact, Sarkisian said the only two guys who would likely be out for the LSU game are safety Jason Wells, who has been out about 10 days now since re-injuring his Achilles, and OT Skyler Fancher, who Sarkisian said may need surgery on his ankle after re-aggravating the same injury he suffered last spring. (Should also add that LB Matt Houston is also unlikely to be back for the LSU game though Sarkisian said today he wouldn’t completely rule it out)
The Fancher injury would be a particular blow to an already not-very-deep offensive line.
Also, DE Talia Crichton was back at practice today after being cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. But Tim Tucker remains out.
The team did its most first real work against scout teams emulating LSU, with the one offense and one defense working against scout teams.
There was also one notable guest today as former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren took in practice. He didn’t speak to the team and left just shortly before it ended, and spent much of the practice chatting with old friends. His son-in-law, Matt Peterson, works for the UW football office as a recruiting program coordinator.
Also, the team announced another interesting new assistant strength coach hire — Kenechi Udeze, a former USC defensive linemen when Sarkisian was an assistant there. Udeze had been in the NFL but recently ended a comeback attempt recently. He has been suffering from leukemia, which he says is in remission. Here are details on his illness and recent NFL comeback attempt. Udeze worked with the team today at practice.
I’ll have some more notes and quotes later.

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