We just got a short visit from UW center Juan Garcia, who is clearly down about the Lisfranc foot injury that has put his career in jeopardy.
Garcia said he will sleep on the decision tonight about whether to have immediate surgery or to try a combination of rest and rehab and then maybe face surgery later.
However, he regularly talked about his career in the past tense. He said that he won't be ready by fall even under the best circumstance, and that his best hope may simply be to be able to put on the uniform to say goodbye to fans at the final home game.
"I'll think about it," he said. "It's just kind of hard knowing you might never wear the uniform again, but that's the way it is. Maybe I'll go for the surgery so I can say goodbye to the fas – maybe for the last game I could come in for a play or two or something like that and at least say I'm a Husky."
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Garcia was injured Friday as the Huskies scrimmaged in Dempsey Indoor.
"We were doing goal-line scrimmage and stuff and I went to block the d-tackle and the fullback – it was a handoff to the fullback – got stuffed at the line of scrimmage and I went 'Oh, no, we have to punch this in,' so I hit the linebacker and as I was pushing and all those guys started pushing the other way, and I caught my leg on the turf and my knee started going one way," he said. "I could feel it snap, I was just dropping back and I was feeling everything rip and I knew from the get-go that it wasn't going to be good. Maybe if I wasn't trying to push that guy in for a touchdown, but that's not my style."
Garcia is a sixth-year senior who has already missed two seasons due to injury. He said he will not consider sitting out this season and returning for a seventh.
The injury came the same week that he was named to the Outland Trophy watch list.
"Whether my career didn't end up the way I wanted it to and stuff, I had fun," he said. "I wish it would have been better, but it is what it is. Stuff happens. ... I just have a feeling that I could have been special, and it's just frustrating."
A few other quotes from Garcia:
On his teammates' confidence he'll be back:
I guess they'll tell you anything to try to get your hopes up, but I know how it is. I knew I could have been a special player next year. The last thing I am is a cocky football player, and I knew I had a chance to finally leave as a good O lineman. It's just sad. It hurts.
On his confidence in the offensive line:That's the heartbreaking part. We finally have a squad to do something. The last couple of years the O-line has been kind of freakin' embarrassing. We've been building momentum and it's starting to get there and we finally have an O-line that I was proud about. The guys loved me and I loved them and we were playing. . .
I love those guys and I wish I could keep playing with them. I don't know what decision I'm going to go with. Maybe just to say I'm a Husky for one more play, I'll probably get the surgery. But if I'm not going to be the same player I was going to be, maybe it's time to let go of the dream or something, I don't know.