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October 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Reviewing the injury list

A few fans have written me of late to say that, since UW no longer really talks about injuries, they have sort of forgotten who is hurt, who might be back, etc.

So I thought I’d post one entry reviewing the injury list. And to be clear, all of this is based on publicly available information given either by the school before the policies were put in place, or from what has been said since then in the few comments made on this topic.

First, here is a list of players publicly declared as out for the season:

— RB Jesse Callier (knee) — He was in line to share starting duties with Bishop Sankey before suffering a knee injury in the opener against San Diego State. He will redshirt this season and return next year as a fourth-year junior;

— DE Hau’oli Jamora (knee) — He injured his knee in the fourth game last year against Cal and suffered a recurrence of it early in fall camp. If healthy, he would have contended for a starting job. He redshirted last season so to get a redshirt for this year he would have to apply for a sixth year of eligibility, which typically is not done until the fifth year or so and it’s apparent the player wants the sixth year, the school wants him to have it, he’s healthy enough to play it, etc. So for now, the expectation is that he will return next year as a fourth-year junior;

— RB Deontae Cooper (knee) — Cooper was attempting to come back from missing the 2010 and 2011 seasons with ACL injuries when he suffered another ACL injury on the first day of camp this year (though this time to his right knee and not his left). He’s another who could apply for a sixth year at some point, but again, that’s usually done at the end when it’s apparent if the player can play it, etc. At the moment, he is rehabbing with a hope to return next year as a fourth-year junior;

— OL Colin Tanigawa (knee) — Tanigawa started the first two games of the season at guard, having apparently recovered from an ACL injury that cost him the last two games of the 2011 season. The details of Tanigawa’s new injury are sketchier since it coincided with the new policy. Steve Sarkisian said simply that Tanigawa is out for the year. He does not have a redshirt year available so he will rehab and return next year as a fourth-year junior;

— DL Lawrence Lagafuaina (leg) — Lagafuaina played the first three games of the season as a reserve tackle before suffering a leg/knee injury of which we did not get full details other than that he is out for the year. He also has already redshirted, so he also will return next year as a fourth-year junior;

— FB Cooper Pelluer — Pelluer suffered a shoulder injury in the spring and had surgery and is out for the season. He has a redshirt year available so it is assumed he is taking it this season and will return next year as a fourth-year junior.

Here’s a lists of players with long-term injuries who could be out for the year but whose status has not been declared publicly:

— WR James Johnson (wrist) — Johnson suffered a dislocated wrist during camp and has not played since. It was initially described as an injury from which he might be able to return in 4-6 weeks, but then also described as one that also might take a little more time depending on how he recovered, etc. Johnson, who would likely have been a starting receiver this season, does have a redshirt year available. So at this point, with Saturday marking the halfway point of the season and Johnson having not played, a redshirt year seems to make sense, though that has not been declared publicly.

— OL Erik Kohler (knee) — Kohler during the LSU game suffered what was described as a recurrence of the dislocated knee cap injury he had initially suffered early in camp. After the LSU game (and just prior to the lockdown on injury info) Sarkisian said that they might need to sit Kohler for an extended time to let the injury heal. That we have not seen Kohler play since indicates that’s what has been done. Kohler does have a redshirt year and since he was hurt early in the season, he would be in line to get one easily. So simply putting two and two together, that may indeed be what is happening and it’s probably worth assuming at this point you won’t see Kolhler again this season. He too would be a fourth-year junior in 2013.

Here’s a list of players who have been out for a while and could be back:

— OL Ben Riva (forearm) — Actually, Riva is now the only one on this list as previously-injured players such as LBs Nate Fellner and Jamaal Kearse have each returned and are playing. Riva, who was UW’s starting right tackle for the opener against San Diego State, suffered a broken forearm in the second quarter of that game, an injury initially described as requiring 4-6 weeks of recovery. He has been listed on the depth chart each of the last two weeks, indicating that the team expects him to return soon. He did not play against Oregon (he actually didn’t travel) but is again listed on the depth chart for this week. Riva has already redshirted.

As for this week, the only player who could play a key role for whom there was some uncertainty is tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who did not play the second half against Oregon with some sort of foot/ankle injury. However, he is listed as the starter at tight end on the depth chart and Sarkisian said on his radio show Monday that he was likely to play.

As always, there are undoubtedly other players fighting through varying injuries but playing anyway (such as WR Kevin Smith, who was described as tweaking his previously injured knee against LSU and has seemed limited since then though he has played the last two weeks). But all other players on the active roster who would have been expected to be able to play last week did indeed appear able to play.

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