It didn’t take long for UW coach Steve Sarkisan to drop the biggest bombshell of the season Monday:
Jake Locker will not start a game.
And it’s not just any game – it’s the Saturday showdown in Eugene, Ore. at top-ranked Oregon.
After a hit he took in Stanford’s 41-0 win Saturday, the team’s medical staff evaluated middle torso after the game, and discovered a hairline fracture to one of his ribs had worsened.
“Took it to another level,” Sarkisian said.
“In this case, the (medical) staff has made a recommendation to hold him out,” Sarkisian said.
The injury snaps Locker’s 20-game streak of starting for the Huskies.
Backup Keith Price will start, true freshman Nick Montana will be elevated to No. 2 and Cody Bruns and Jesse Callier will serve as emergency quarterbacks, if needed.
Locker will not practice this week, and his rib injury will be evaluated daily, Sarkisian said.
“Best thing for me, and my health,” Locker said.