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October 8, 2011 at 6:57 PM

WSU’s Tuel still not cleared to play

It doesn’t look as though there will be any dramatics tonight at the Rose Bowl from Jeff Tuel, the Washington State quarterback who has been out since the season opener with a broken clavicle.

A WSU spokesman said he had talked with Cougar trainer Bill Drake at about 6:30 p.m. and Tuel had not been cleared to play. He had practiced all week after X-rays Sunday showed his collarbone was healing properly.

Tuel warmed up in pre-game drills and was noticeably tucking his left arm (the side of the break) as he delivered passes.

Marshall Lobbestael, who has started all four games for the 3-1 Cougars, will again open against UCLA, and unless some late decision is forthcoming on Tuel, the backup will be Connor Halliday, the redshirt freshman from Spokane.

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