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August 9, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Quick Thursday practice notes and Sarkisian video — Jamora, Fellner, Johnson added to injury list

Some personal commitments will force me to make the initial post tonight a quick one, but I also have posted the video below of UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s post-practice press conference.

It was a tough day for the Huskies as they struggled to come to terms with the news of the season-ending knee injury to Deontae Cooper, which apparently happened on a simple hand-off drill on Monday. He was limited on Tuesday and Wednesday while the team waited for MRI results.

UW had three other key players hit the injury list on Thursday — defensive end Hau’oli Jamora, linebackers Nate Fellner and Princeton Fuimaono and receiver James Johnson.

Sarkisian said Jamora sprained on Wednesday the same left knee which he suffered an ACL tear on last year to miss the last nine games of the season. He said Jamora will have arthroscopic surgery to determine if there is more damage to the knee and will be out at least two weeks.

“We are actually going to go in and scope it to make sure,” Sarkisian said of Jamora. “There’s a thought it could be some meniscus stuff there, maybe some scar tissue. So we are going to go in and scope him to be sure. At this stage, as we are bringing him back, there is no point to not do that. Two weeks, at this point I’d rather he miss two weeks now rather than down the road it affect him for the season. We are going to take every precaution with those types of guys. So we’re going to go in and check it out to make sure.”

Fellner was injured during practice and taken off on a cart. Sarkisian said it was unclear the nature of the injury.

Johnson sat out practice after injuring his foot either last night or in the walk-through today. Sarkisian also said it was a little unclear exactly what is wrong with Johnson.

Fuimaono hurt his hamstring and sat out much of the end of practice. LB Taz Stevenson also left with a migraine.

With Fellner out, Scott Lawyer stepped in, while Jamaal Kearse also saw a lot of time in place of Fuimaono as did Shaq Thompson in nickel situations.

Sarkisian noted none of the injuries came due to contact.

“Sometimes injuries can occur that way, other times they come from obvious stuff, you see a big hit or something, and that’s not where our stuff is happening,” he said. “Hau’oli sprains his knee with nobody around him yesterday. Nate Fellner hurts his foot with nobody around him. … We’ve just had some bad luck. The good thing is I think we’ve got a roster with the depth finally to withstand some of these injuries. I think we’re at a point now where we’ve got some depth.”

As for Cooper, Sarkisian acknowledged it had been a tough day for the team.

“It was hard as a team because you get attached to people as a program and a family and you see a guy who has the work ethic that he has, the ability to persevere, not only through one ACL but another, and he had himself in great shape, ready to go,” Sarkisian said. “Really extremely difficult. Kind of left me dismayed for a bit, I was almost baffled by it, —how could it happen again? This time on his good knee, with nobody around. Nothing. To Deontae’s credit, he’s just an absolute stud about it. He was obviously shook up like anybody would be. But to see that guy’s will inside and why he is so unique and people love him so much, he was back out here on the sideline today (saying) ‘Coach, I will be back. We just have to do everything in our power to help him through this process.”

Here’s Sarkisian’s post-practice meeting with the media:

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Also, here’s a quick scene from practice today:

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