Players were unavailable today at practice. Head coach Steve Sarkisian made the decision about midway through. It was short practice under two hours in extremely warm conditions. Afterward the coaches and players went and took a dip in Lake Washington (photo below).
The depth of the Huskies took another hit today as the injury bug as struck again. Wide receiver James Johnson and Jamaal Kearse were not suited up for practice because they were out with noticeable ijuries.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed that Johnson suffered a dislocated left wrist Wednesday,while Kearse was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the tibia of his left leg.
It’s stunning since both Johnson and Kearse seemed perfectly healthy at practice on Wednesday. I talked with Johnson for 1o minutes after Wednesday’s practice and he seemed fine. Kearse had one of his best practices of the camp, working in with the No. 1 unit and filling the role second-team middle linebacker with the injury to Thomas Tutogi.
Here’s my interview with James postpractice on Wednesday ….
Sarkisian isn’t sure of a timetable for either Johnson or Kearse’s return.
“I don’t know enough right yet,” he said. “It happened obviouosly in last night’s practices pretty late so it’s hard to get everything done by now so hopefully I have more information for you guys tomorrow.”
Sarkisian had no information as to what the timetable is for their return.
With the dismissal of Willis Wilson and Josh Perkins and the other injuries, the Huskies seem a little thin in some spots. He gave Kasen Williams the day off today, meaning the receivers taking first-team snaps were sophomore DiAndre Campbell and senior Cody Bruns and freshmen Jaydon Mickens and Kendyl Taylor.
“We’ve got some pretty quality guys,” Sarkisian said of his receiver depth. “Kasen has had a great camp up to this point. Jaydon has had an impact, Kendyl Taylor has had an impact. You have the reliable guys in DiAndre Campbell and Cody Bruns that are there. We have some types of guys who are close to being those types of guys in Marvin Hall, looking forward to getting Jamaal Jones and then obviously when we get James back. It’s a deep group and it’s a talented group so I’m not nearly as concerned at that spot as maybe some of the other ones.”
As for running back, Sarkisian wasn’t too concerned about the loss of Wilson. It leaves Jesse Callier, Bishop Sankey, who are vying for the lead spot, while Dezden Petty and Erich Wilson II will be the back-ups.
“We know who our primary backs are,” Sarkisian said. “We have to be smart in how we practice, I think we know how to do that. Obviously there are opportunities for guys to emerge and do things. I think Dezden Petty has come on the last week. Talked about Erich Wilson at length about what he’s done so far in camp. So again, it’s not ideal like a couple of other positions we have on our roster, but something that we just have to monitor. But I feel good about the guys that we have.”
To help add depth at tight end, defensive end Alec Kimble has moved over and will wear No. 89
“I think he can compete there,” Sarkisian said. “In high school, he caught a lot of balls as a wide receiver type. He’s a great body type. He’s in a little bit of a log jam on the defensive side of the ball and we feel like he can help us on offense.”