FROM PASADENA — There’s no definitive word yet on the extent of Keith Price’s right shoulder injury. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said afterward that X-rays were negative, and that Price will undergo an MRI exam tomorrow.
For now, the senior quarterback knows that he’s sore — sore enough that he couldn’t throw — and that’s about it.
That much was obvious when Price attempted a warm-up throw on the sidelines shortly after he was injured. Immediately after throwing that warm-up pass, Price turned away and dropped his shoulder, wincing in obvious pain.
He said he knew he wasn’t going to be able to play “pretty much when I threw that pass. I thought I’d be able to fight through the pain. I’ve had plenty of pain. It just so happened to be in my throwing shoulder.”
Price said he isn’t sure which play injured his shoulder — he took two big hits on the previous series, which ended in a Travis Coons field goal — but that if coaches hadn’t told him at halftime that he was going to get X-rays, he would have tried to get ready to go play.
Instead, Cyler Miles played the second half, and Price had to watch from the sideline.
“I’m proud of the way the guys competed at the end,” Price said. “It’s kind of hard playing a game without your starting quarterback. I thought we got in a nice little rhythm in the first half. I thought we threw the ball very well in the first half, and I thought I was going to be able to keep on going. It’s unfortunate. I’m disappointed, and it hurts.”
Here are the rest of Price’s postgame comments ..
(On the loss) “It’s frustrating. We can’t turn the ball over twice on the first two possessions of the game. I don’t think I’ve ever even seen anything like that. It was crazy. But we overcame it. We narrowed the lead to 10 points in the first half. It was just unfortunate. I thought we were getting in a good rhythm passing the ball. I thought we thew the ball very well in the first half.”
(On having to watch) “I really don’t know. Like I said, it’s hard just watching from the sideline knowing that you could have a big-time impact on a game. I’m not saying I would have won the game but it was hard to kind of stop us when I was in.”
(Did you try to talk coaches into letting you play?) “I knew it was probably no shot. Like I said, I never cost my team the ball game by me being selfish.”
(On the rest of the season) “We’ve still got a lot to play for. We can still finish with a big bang, 8-4 record. So we’ve got a lot to play for. We know it’s not going to be easy. OregonState, it’s going to be tough going down ther. They play very well at home. It’s just crazy that I’m injured again before OregonState. It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
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