UW coach Steve Sarkisian said at his press conference today that Keith Price is having tests on his left knee today and will not practice, and that the team will prepare Nick Montana to start at QB against Oregon State Saturday, if needed.
Specifically, Price is having an MRI on the knee to determine what is causing the swelling that occurred when he was sacked in the third quarter and then left the game at USC, an eventual 40-17 loss.
If the test results don’t show anything and Price can return, Sarkisian said he will then have to monitor Price to see if he is healthy enough to play Saturday.
Asked if Montana might start this week, Sarkisian said there was “the potential of that.” He said “we’ll have a much better understanding” on Tuesday of Price’s health.
“We’ll prepare ourselves for Nick Montana to make his first start Saturday and if things change then things chance but I think you have to prepare for that so we don’t get caught off-guard,” he said.
Sarkisian said Price was injured on a sack in the third quarter, after which he was replaced.
“That last sack there, really after the sack in the pileup he got twisted up pretty good, so there is some swelling there,” Sarkisian said. “We don’t think it’s significant from a long-term standpoint but we want to make sure of that and then we need to monitor the swelling in the knee. It’s a lot more swollen than it has been, so we have to monitor that.”
Montana, the son of Hall of Famer Joe Montana, played some of the third quarter and all of the fourth quarter last week at USC, throwing his first touchdown pass to Kasen Williams with 13 seconds left.
Montana is 13-20 passing this season for 147 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Sarkisian also said LB Garret Gilliland suffered a stinger on Saturday and his status is also uncertain, and that he is hopeful WR James Johnson will be able to return
I’ll have more later from the press conference.