The sight was enough to calm the nerves of any University of Washington football player heading into an odd start to preparation week – a Saturday night practice.
Jake Locker was back.
Just not all the way, as UW coach Steve Sarkisian admitted afterward.
“Don’t know,” the second-year coach said, when asked when his senior could be given the OK to play. “Could be up until Wednesday, I guess.”
Locker had not practiced since Nov. 1, the week of the game at Oregon. The Ferndale product has watched practice, usually dressed in sweats and his yellow quarterback jersey.
But on Saturday, he participated in scout-team period, taking 14 of the 21 snaps with the No. 1 offense, occasionally relived by backup Keith Price.
In team period, Price shared the snaps with the first-string offense with Nick Montana.
“I just try to avoid some unnecessary contact there because again I just don’t know exactly how he is going to feel tomorrow,” Sarkisian said.
Locker’s rib is healing, but not nearly at 100 percent, Sarkisian noted after practice.
As far as the quarterback’s movement, Sarkisian thought he was “OK” in his limited action.
Sarkisian thought Locker moved around “OK” during his limited action.
“Just need to assess here for a couple days,” Sarkisian said.
* Sarkisian said the rehabilitations of running back Deontae Copper (knee) and punter Will Mahan (knee) are on schedule, but Sarkisian would not commit that they’ll be ready for spring ball. … Sarkisian imitated that running back Johri Fogerson (upper leg) and defensive end Talia Crichton (knee) aren’t progressing at a rapid pace. Neither won’t be available for the UCLA game. … Safety Justin Glenn (concussion) hasn’t been cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to practice. … Linebacker Brandon Huppert was awarded a scholarship.