SEATTLE — E.J. Savannah’s first senior season came to an abrupt end before it even started.
Now the University of Washington linebacker’s second senior season appears to be over as well.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday that the broken thumb that has kept Savannah out of the past three games will also prevent him from playing against Cal on Saturday. Sarkisian also said that the school is petitioning for a medical redshirt, hoping that Savannah can get a sixth year of eligibility.
“The hand is just not healing the way that we’d have liked it to,” Sarkisian said.
In three separate occasions since training camp, Savannah has broken a bone in his left hand. He played with a cast for seven games but finally had to shut it down after breaking the thumb against Oregon on Oct. 24.
“He’s a warrior; he wants to fight through it,” Sarkisian said. “But it’s just not the right thing to do to put him out there with that thing.”
Sophomore Cort Dennison, who has already started in place of Savannah four times this season, is likely to get the nod again on Saturday.
Surgery for member of chain gang
Brad Feagan, a West Seattle resident who was injured during a sideline collision in Saturday’s Apple Cup, is scheduled to undergo neck surgery, Sarkisian said.
Feagan was a member of the sideline chain gang, which is responsible for moving the first-down markers on game days. He was injured early in the second quarter of Saturday’s game, causing about a 15-minute delay as he was loaded into an ambulance and taken from the stadium.
“He will be OK,” Sarkisian said Monday. “It was a serious injury, but I thought our doctors handled it extremely well. Looks like Brad is going to make a nice recovery.”
Free tickets for police
In the wake of the weekend tragedy in Lakewood, the Huskies are offering four free tickets to police officers and military personnel hoping to attend Saturday’s game against Cal.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the officers that were killed in Lakewood over the weekend,” Sarkisian said to open his Monday press conference. “It’s a tragic event.”
Prepare for parking nightmares
School officials issued a warning to Husky fans that a future light rail construction project will affect parking around the school’s athletic facility in coming months.
The project, which is scheduled to begin next month but probably won’t create problems until sometime next spring, will cost UW about 600 parking spots just outside of Husky Stadium.
The project could take up to five years.
For more information on the project, fans can visit www.gohuskies.com/soundtransit.
One of the biggest stories of the early UW football season was the emergence of true freshman receiver James Johnson, who scored a touchdown on his first college catch and led the team in receptions for most of the season.
But Johnson has just two receptions for 22 yards in the Huskies’ past three games. He did not catch a pass in the Apple Cup game Saturday.
“I think a little bit of it is possible mental and physical fatigue,” Sarkisian said Monday. “… He’s had a lot of reps for us, and I think a little fatigue has set in. I’d like to think we can get James going Saturday, that he can end his freshman year on a high.”
Sarkisian said the Huskies will not apply for a sixth year of eligibility for oft-injured senior safety Jason Wells. “This is Jason’s last hurrah Saturday,” Sarkisian said. … The only player Sarkisian expects to monitor this week in terms of injuries is safety Victor Aiyewa, who suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of the Apple Cup.