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November 15, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Sarkisian says Price has no structural damage, still unclear on starter Saturday

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said on the weekly Pac-12 coaches teleconference moments ago that an MRI on quarterback Keith Price’s sprained left knee revealed no structural damage

That means there is no certainty yet on who will start at quarterback for the Huskies Saturday at Oregon State. Had the MRI revealed significant damage, then the Huskies would have given the start to Nick Montana. Now, Sarkisian said the Huskies will wait to see how Price is the next day or so and then make a decision on whether Price or Montana will get the start.

“There is some swelling (in Price’s knee) that we will have to assess as this day moves forward and as this week moves forward,” he said. Price had an MRI taken on his knee on Monday afternoon to see if there was additional damage after it swelled more than expected on Sunday.

Price suffered the sprained knee when he was sacked early in the third quarter of Saturday’s 40-17 loss at USC. Montana, a redshirt freshman, finished up the game.

Sarkisian said he did not know if Price would be able to practice today. Whether Price can practice this week will likely go a long way toward determining if he will get the start, or if they will instead go with Montana.

Price has started all 10 games for the 6-4 Huskies this year and is third in the conference in passing efficiency ranking with 25 touchdowns and 2,258 passing yards.

On the call, Sarkisian also talked again of the struggles of Price and the offense the last two weeks:

“I think, one, we have played a couple of pretty good teams in Oregon and SC. I think that when you start to struggle a little bit and you are a young quarterback you can have a tendency to press and maybe try a little too hard and I think that’s been part of it. And I don’t think we have played very well around him, quite honestly. I don’t think we have protected the quarterback great. We haven’t run the football as well as I think we can to take some of the pressure off of him and we haven’t made tough catches.

“And all of those things add up and your quarterback goes from being one of the hottest in the country to struggling for a couple of games and so the challenge for us is to get back to playing the level of football that we are capable of playing and for him, when his time comes, to not try to hard and allow the game to come to him and get his completions and when they are there, when the opportunities are there, to make the throws.”

UW is set to practice this afternoon at 4 p.m.

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