Wednesday Willingham notes

Tyrone Willingham just finished his Wednesday meeting with the media, and it appears we’re running out of things to ask, because we only kept him here a couple of minutes.

Asked about Donald Butler, who was in red yesterday, Willingham said the junior linebacker had a sore neck, and should be ok by the end of the week.

Cameron Elisara was back at practice yesterday, and should be ok to play this week. Defensive coordinator Ed Donatell revealed today that Elisara’s neck injury happened during pregame warmups, not during the game. It really isn’t the Huskies year when both starting defensive tackles suffer injuries on back-to-back Saturdays in pregame drills.

Senio Kelemete, who had his knee scoped last week to repare his pregame knee injury suffered prior to the Notre Dame game, won’t be back this week by could return to practice as early as next week.

Mesphin Forrester, who missed last week’s game with a knee injury, “is probably not going to participate this week,” Willingham said. “Maybe next week if we’re fortunate on that.”

I caught up with Forrester earlier this afternoon, and he said the injury actually happened in the Notre Dame game, not during practice last week, as previously reported. He said the injury isn’t anything serious, though, like Willingham, he didn’t seem optimistic about his chances to play Saturday.

Willingham was also asked his thoughts on Barack Obama’s historical win last night:

“It’s hard for anybody in this country not to have some type of reaction to it. Mine is that it’s a great day for America, because now what is written in the constitution now comes to life.”

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