Wearing a brace on his right leg, Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel seemed to walk just fine but didn't participate in practice.
PULLMAN — The bevy of players riding exercise bicycles on the sidelines of Washington State’s practice field gained a new member Monday.
Wearing a brace on his right leg, quarterback Jeff Tuel seemed to walk just fine but didn’t participate in practice.
Tuel was hit low early in the fourth quarter of WSU’s 24-20 win over Eastern Washington on Saturday. He didn’t return to the game and was seen on the sideline with an ice wrap on the inside of his right knee.
Coach Mike Leach doesn’t comment on injuries so the severity of Tuel’s ailment is unknown. Sophomore Connor Halliday took all of the snaps with the first-team offense during scout work.
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Leach was asked if a quarterback needs to practice at least once to have a chance to play in that week’s game.
“We practice them whenever we think it’s best and helps us the best,” Leach said.
So if a quarterback — say, for example, Tuel — doesn’t practice during the week, can he still play on, say, Friday?
“If we decide to,” Leach said.
Leach punished the offensive line for a series of costly holding calls Saturday.
“It wasn’t real taxing on the legs, but it was taxing on other aspects of the body,” Leach said of the workout conducted Sunday by strength coach Jason Loscalzo.
“We did some maneuvers in the sand to work and develop some focus skills.”
As for the holding penalties, offensive-line coach Clay McGuire said it’s not a complicated matter.
“These guys are in good enough shape,” he said. “It’s just a lack of technique; their fundamentals broke down late and it’s just not doing their job, not focusing in the fourth quarter.”
Said Leach: “We just had some bonehead dumb ones that are just off-the-charts dumb that we have to have better technique on.”
• WSU announced Monday that its Sept. 22 game against Colorado in Pullman will kick off at 1 p.m. and will be televised by FX. The game is also WSU’s homecoming.