The good news is Keith Price didn’t suffer any structural damage to his right throwing shoulder Friday night at UCLA, UW coach Steve Sarkisian said.
The bad news? It still sounds like a long shot that Price will be able to play Saturday night at Oregon State.
The senior quarterback has been shut down until Thursday, and Sarkisian will make a final call after that whether to start Price or redshirt freshman Cyler Miles against the Beavers.
“The swelling is reducing rapidly. (Price’s) movement is much better today than it has been the last couple of days,” Sarkisian said Monday. “We’ll see where he’s at Thursday. I don’t count the guy out. He’s a fighter, he’s a competitor. …
“We’ve been through a lot of battles,” Sarkisian added. “Keith and I have been through a lot together. Saturday was hard on everybody. Our entire team knew he wasn’t going to come out in that second half. I wanted to make sure that he knew we were there for him, first and foremost. Two, I thought he showed a great deal of leadership knowing he couldn’t play to come back out on that field and be there for Cyler and the rest of the team. I thought it epitomizes what this guy stands for. He loves this university, he loves this football program. He was right out there, the first guy greeting guys coming off the field.”
Sarkisian said he won’t play Price unless the quarterback is healthy.
“We’re going to allow that shoulder some time to get some of the swelling out of there, the inflammation out of there so he feels good on Thursday to go out and throw,” Sarkisian said. “And if he’s capable of doing that then we’ll play him. If he’s not we’ll go with Cyler. We’ll prep all week as if Cyler is the starter and he’s definitely capable of being that. Come Thursday, after Thursday’s practice, we’ll make a decision and move forward.”