Keith Price used the words “crazy” and “ridiculous” to describe the amount of time he’s spent rehabbing his shoulder and watching game film this week.
He’s also been at Washington’s football practices, in full pads as usual, but has yet to throw a football as he fights to get his right shoulder healthy enough to play Saturday at Oregon State.
Thursday’s practice is judgment day. Price will throw tomorrow, and if he throws well, he’ll play Saturday.
The training room has become his new home.
“It’s ridiculous. I’m in there for close to 3-4 hours a day, and today I might even come back for double treatment for my big day tomorrow,” Price said.
The shoulder, injured Friday in UW’s loss to UCLA, feels better, Price said.
“Actually, when I’m just walking around it doesn’t feel like anything happened,” he said. “It’s when I pick my arm up and try a throwing motion that I really feel the pain. But like I said, I haven’t even tried to extend my arm. I’ve been doing a lot of rehab stuff, a lot of small exercises to regain my strength in my shoulder. So we’ll see.”
UW coach Steve Sarkisian said Price is still participating in walk-through portions of practice, and is preparing himself as if he’s going to play, even as backup quarterback Cyler Miles prepares to start.
“I’m treating it like any other week,” Price said. “I’ve been watching crazy hours of film and getting treatment. That’s all I’ve pretty much been doing, is just watching crazy film and getting treatment. I still have a high belief I’m going to play. I’ve been rehabbing like I’m going to play. So hopefully I’m ready to go.”
Sarkisian said the feedback he’s received from Price has been positive, in terms of level of discomfort in his shoulder.
“He feels much better. He’s really improving every single day. I do know that,” Sarkisian said. “I think it was a really good decision just to not allow him to throw. He hasn’t picked up a ball and thrown it Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, so we’ll see how it looks tomorrow. But I really think it was a good decision by everybody involved just to cut out all the throwing. He’s taking all the reps in walk-throughs. He’s getting all that stuff done. He’s a fifth-year senior. He’s got a pretty good grasp of our offense at this point.”
Now, Price waits for Thursday. The decision should be made tomorrow one way or the other, Sarkisian said.
“I think we’ll know tomorrow. The good thing is for us, we’re planning on Cyler playing in the game,” Sarkisian said. “That’s our approach. If Keith is able to go and shows us he’s able to go tomorrow, similar to the Cal game, that’s a bonus for us. But we’re planning on Cyler playing, then if Keith can show us that he’s capable of making those throws, then Keith will go.”
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