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Huskies’ Austin Seferian-Jenkins will need surgery on fractured pinkie

Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be out indefinitely and will need to have surgery on his fractured right pinkie finger.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Nine days into training camp and less than three weeks before the season opener, the Washington Huskies lost Austin Seferian-Jenkins for an indefinite amount of time.

The embattled tight end, who was suspended from spring practices and team-oriented functions following a March 9 drunken driving arrest, will need surgery to repair a broken right pinkie finger.

“Austin’s going to be out for quite awhile,” coach Steve Sarkisian said. “He actually has a small fracture in his pinkie there that’s going to require surgery, so he’s going to be out for an amount of time.”

Seferian-Jenkins appeared to suffer the injury during the second of two workouts Monday. He left the field late in the practice and did not return.

On Tuesday, he watched the Huskies scrimmage from the sideline.

“He came out with a good attitude,” Sarkisian said. “He’s doing all the conditioning work and the fundamental stuff from a footwork standpoint, but he won’t be catching balls here for a little while.”

It was unclear if Seferian-Jenkins, who pleaded guilty to a DUI, would play Aug. 31 against Boise State.

Sarkisian has declined to comment in detail on if he’ll keep Seferian-Jenkins out of the season opener.

However, the more immediate concern now is when the 6-foot-6, 276-pound preseason All-American will return to the field.

“I don’t know, quite honestly,” Sarkisian said. “I’m hopeful it’s days, but I really don’t know. … I’ll know more at the end of the week.”

Seferian-Jenkins enters his junior season holding virtually every significant record for a UW tight end. He’s the career leader in catches (110), yards (1,388) and touchdowns (13) at his position.

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