UW starting center has suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot.
"That means that Juan will be out for the remainder of the spring, and we'll be sending him out to specialists to see what that means for the future," coach Tyrone Willingham said. "That's what we know today."
The injury can heal in weeks or months. The one that ended Isaiah Stanback's college career kept him out for the better part of a year.
Garcia, a sixth-year senior on the Outland Trophy watch list, was injured early in a UW scrimmage Friday, and his absence was instantly felt.
"There's no question he's an important person to our football team. That was one of the things that we recognized prior to the start of our spring," Willingham said. "But the impact of his loss Friday was immediately felt from the standpoint that the whole team felt his absence. It's one of those situations where it feels almost like air is being sucked out of the room when that person leaves. We know that he's a vital part to our football team. But always in football, the next man needs to step in and that's what happens."
For now at least, that next man is sophomore Matt Sedillo. If Garcia's absence lingers until fall, Willingham said some juggling of offensive line positions could occur, especially when starting guard Ryan Tolar returns from his shoulder injury.
Other notes from today:
*Tailback J.R. Hasty wasn't at practice Monday. Hasty had been back only a week from some unspecified disciplinary issue.
*Willingham said the starting UW secondary is currently made up of former safeties Mesphin Forrester and Quinton Richardson at the corners, with Nate Williams and Victor Aiyewa at the safeties.
*Willingham said that the team got in some good work in the Friday scrimmage despite Garcia's injury and that he believes the defense generally got the better of the offense.