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.
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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.