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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

October 25, 2011 at 11:18 AM

WSU quarterback Tuel out indefinitely

Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel, reinjured last week against Oregon State, will miss Saturday’s game at Oregon, and WSU coach Paul Wulff indicated his availability is in doubt going forward.

“We’re going to have to play this one out a little bit,” Wulff said. “The big thing is, we need to get him healthy. He tweaked his shoulder on the third play of the game. Even playing hurt and struggling (physically), he was 11 of 13 (in the first half). We need to get the kid healthy.”

Wulff said X-rays on Tuel’s left shoulder were inconclusive, adding, “It looks like there’s been some strain to it, but nothing you could classify as a break. He’s sore, that’s the No. 1 thing, and we have to wait until that dies down.”

Tuel also sustained a calf bruise in the OSU game, but it appears less serious than the shoulder condition. Wulff said he didn’t think the shoulder would be a season-ending problem, saying, “It could be definitely this week and next week. It could possibly be a two-week thing.”

Wulff said Tuel first tweaked the shoulder on an early scramble, but Tuel didn’t say anything about the discomfort. Then he got hit a couple of times just before the half, and mentioned at halftime that he was hurting.

Tuel has had a miserable season physically. He was ill and didn’t start the Idaho State opener, but after feeling better, came into the game and shortly after, suffered a broken collarbone. He returned against Stanford Oct. 15 for his first start, and was able to go only a half against OSU.

The Cougars turn again to Marshall Lobbestael, who did a solid job filling in during Tuel’s earlier absence and replaced him in the second half against Oregon State.

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