Aug. 31, 2011
SEATTLE - Chris Polk in red was a welcome sight for the Huskies.
Now will they see him in home purple for the opener?
Washington's 1,400-yard rusher from last season practiced in full pads while wearing a no-contact jersey Wednesday, his most work since he had arthroscopic knee surgery Aug. 18.
Swelling from the knee healing is the issue that will determine whether Polk will play Saturday against Eastern Washington at Husky Stadium (4 p.m., ROOT Sports TV, Huskies IMG College radio and GoHuskies.com live game chat).
And coach Steve Sarkisian said Thursday will be the telling day to see how much swelling is still there.
"I thought Chris looked good today," Sarkisian said after the two-hour practice, in which sophomore Jesse Callier again was the lead back. "We'll have to see how he responds (Thursday)."
Starting cornerback Quinton Richardson (high ankle sprain) also practiced, as did reserve running back Johri Fogerson (hip). Richardson has practiced all three days this week for the first time since he got hurt Aug. 13, but he is still not full healthy.
Gregory Ducre continues to get the first-team plays on defense in place of UW's senior leader.
"Quinton was a little sore today after what he did (Tuesday)," Sarkisian said. "We'll see how he responds to it tomorrow after two days of it, but today he was a little sore."
QUICK HITS: James Johnson, a camp star who finished preseason camp atop the depth chart at the third wide receiver position, ended his outstanding August by making a few more difficult catches. Sarkisian said this week Johnson will be one of six WRs that will play as early as the first quarter Saturday. ... MLB Cort Dennison intercepted a pass in team drills and had a long return of it. The senior co-captain is the only veteran LB among the three that will start the opener. The two flanking him will be freshman John Timu, QB and S in high school, and sophomore Princeton Fuimaono, who made one start at the position last season at Oregon. ... The athletic department surpassed 42,000 public season tickets sold and expects a crowd of around 55,000 for the opener on what is predicted to be a sunny, 79-degree Saturday.