SEATTLE — There is no question Keith Price is recovering from what the Washington quarterback called a “severe” right shoulder injury.
Determining whether he’s healthy enough to start the final home game of his college career against rival Washington State will likely go right up until kickoff on Friday.
Price had his most extensive practice Tuesday since injuring his shoulder on Nov. 15 at UCLA. The quarterback said he took part in about half of the morning practice yet remains unsure if he’ll be able to show coach Steve Sarkisian he’s healthy enough to play in the Apple Cup.
“Today, I impressed myself to be honest with you. I didn’t think I was going to be able to make some of the throws I made today,” Price said. “But it’s still a day-to-day thing. There were throws that I missed that I normally make. So it’s just a day-to-day thing. I’m going to rehab my body and get my body in as best shape as I can up until Friday.”
Price sat out last week’s game at Oregon State while recovering from the injury. He was unable to return in the second half of the loss to UCLA and didn’t attempt to throw in practice until last Thursday. He threw well in pregame warm-ups before Washington faced the Beavers, but Sarkisian went with his plan to give redshirt freshman Cyler Miles his first start.
It didn’t matter who the Huskies quarterback was last Saturday. Washington ran for 530 yards in a 69-27 blowout, the second-most yards rushing in school history.
“I’ve never seen a performance like that, especially on the ground. I don’t even think we needed a quarterback last week the way our offense was rolling and that is a credit to our offensive line,” Price said. “You can’t rush for over 500 yards with a whole bunch of bums up front regardless of who you are playing against. I was impressed.”
Price said it would be meaningful to play in the final home game of his career, although he won’t put his own wishes ahead of what is best for the team. Price won’t get in the way if coaches determine Miles gives Washington the best chance to win.
“I’m not going to put myself out there selfishly just trying to battle through something that is very severe,” he said. “If I am able to go, I’m able to go.”