By Todd Dybas The News Tribune
SEATTLE — Preseason All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was not at the University of Washington football team’s practice Thursday because he underwent surgery on his fractured right pinkie.
Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian said he didn’t yet know a timeline for Seferian-Jenkins’ recovery.
Seferian-Jenkins fractured his pinkie during practice Tuesday afternoon. Sarkisian initially thought it was of little concern before finding out Seferian-Jenkins would need surgery to fix the fracture.
“Austin’s going to be out for quite a while,” Sarkisian said Wednesday. “He came out with a good attitude and he’s doing all the conditioning work and all the fundamental stuff from a footwork standpoint. But he won’t be catching balls here for a little while.”
With Seferian-Jenkins unavailable, Washington again used redshirt sophomore Josh Perkins, a converted receiver, as its No. 1 tight end. Redshirt junior Michael Hartvigson, who had six catches for 55 yards last season, also received a lot of reps.
“I think Josh has had a really good training camp,” Sarkisian said. “He’s blocking, he’s route-running, he’s being physical when he’s asked to be. He’s a nice element. He’s a tough matchup on linebackers.”
Washington had moved junior Evan Hudson (five catches for 31 yards last season) from tight end to the defensive line over the summer. Sarkisian said Hudson will remain with the defense despite Seferian-Jenkins’ injury.
For more UW football news, see Page C3.