WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos gave an update on QB Luke Falk's condition Monday, though he never said the words 'Falk' and 'concussion' in the same sentence.
On his radio show on KXLY radio Monday morning, Washington State Athletic Director Bill Moos said Cougars’ quarterback Luke Falk is “doing real well” and told listeners that the injury Falk suffered in WSU’s win over Colorado on Saturday night is “not season-ending or career-ending as far as we know, but his status for this week, we’re not sure.”
Moos never actually said the words “Falk” and “concussion” in the same sentence, but he emphasized twice during the interview that WSU will follow all concussion and head injury related protocol in Falk’s treatment. Thus, it’s possible that Falk sustained a concussion in the game after he took a hard hit in the third quarter and had to be driven off the field on a backboard.
It marked the second time in two weeks that the quarterback had to leave a game to get checked out for a head injury, but he cleared all concussion tests administered during the UCLA game the week before, and was able to return in the second half.
“It’s Coach (Mike) Leach’s policy not to talk about injuries, but there are policies from NCAA in regarding to concussions we follow those to a T,” Moos said. “We’re hopeful he can play (in the Apple Cup) but we don’t know yet.
Then, later, after praising backup quarterback Peyton Bender for coming into the game and leading WSU to a win over the Buffaloes, Moos stressed again that the Cougars would take all precautions necessary with Falk’s care.
“We’re not going to take a chance on a concussion. That’s the talk in major football college, NFL. There’s all the emphasis on head trauma. … We’re not going to mess with that,” Moos said.