Two Washington football players dismissed from team, two others injured
Freshman H-back Joshua Perkins and walk-on tailback Willis Wilson were dismissed from the Washington football team Thursday for a violation of team rules. Receiver James Johnson and linebacker Jamaal Kearse showed up at practice with injuries.
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When the Washington Huskies took to the practice field Thursday afternoon, they were without four players who had been with the team the previous day, two of whom suffered injuries that could keep them out for a while, and two others who were dismissed for good.
Joining the injured list were senior receiver James Johnson and sophomore linebacker Jamaal Kearse, each of whom UW coach Steve Sarkisian said were injured late in practice Wednesday night.
Johnson has a dislocated wrist and Kearse has a stress fracture in his tibia. Johnson, a projected starting receiver, had his arm immobilized and in a splint. Kearse was on crutches with his foot in a boot. He started four games last season and was a regular on special teams. Sarkisian said it was too soon to know an exact timetable for a return of either player.
"I don't know enough right yet," Sarkisian said when asked when each may be able to return.
He said he hopes each is back "sooner rather than later."
The injuries weren't apparent during the Wednesday practice, and Johnson talked to reporters after practice Wednesday night without mentioning his injury.
Gone from the team for good are redshirt freshman H-back Joshua Perkins and walk-on tailback Willis Wilson. Washington released a statement Thursday morning saying each was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, without offering further details.
Wilson, like Kearse from Lakes High School, had not seen action as a Husky but was expected to add depth at tailback behind Jesse Callier, Bishop Sankey and Erich Wilson II.
Sarkisian said he thinks depth is OK at tailback, though he noted, "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. ... It's (the depth) 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."
In a move that will help address the loss of Perkins, UW moved walk-on linebacker Alec Kimble, a sophomore from Eastside Catholic, to tight end.
That gives UW four tight ends.
"I think he can compete there," Sarkisian said of Kimble. "In high school he caught a lot of balls as a wide receiver-type. He's in a little bit of a log jam on the defensive side of the ball."
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