Editor's note: Everett Herald reporter Scott Johnson manned practice Thursday at the Dempsey Indoor Center, and filed a few notes:
For a fourth consecutive game, the Washington Huskies will go into a Saturday battle short-handed in the receiving corps.
Sophomore Jordan Polk, one of the opening-game starters, tore cartilage in his right knee after practice Wednesday, and will miss up to two weeks, UW coach Steve Sarkisian said Thursday.
"They’ve got to go in and clean that thing up and get him back out there," Sarkisian said.
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Cody Bruns should see extended playing time, with Anthony Boyles and walk-on Tony Chidiac moved up on the depth chart. Chidiac will travel when the team leaves campus Friday at 12:30 p.m. for its charter flight.
"With the obvious heat (90s at kickoff) that’s going to be there, we want to make sure that we have enough legs at the game Saturday night. So we’re going to bring Chiddy," Sarkisian said. "He’s been good. He’s been practicing well, and we want to make sure we have enough legs.”
The Huskies had a full complement of receivers – James Johnson, Jermaine Kearse, D'Andre Goodwin, Devin Aguilar and Polk – for their first three games, all at home.
Aguilar (knee) missed the Stanford and Notre Dame games, and Goodwin (concussion) wasn't on the field in last week's 36-33 victory over Arizona.
“I think we’ve still got a great deal of depth. The beauty of our depth is when a guy goes down or a guy gets injured, we still have our main guys; our guys are still there," Sarkisian said. "We’re fortunate that way. A couple teams would probably be decimated if they had the injuries that we’ve had. But we’ve got a pretty good corps.”
• Other quick-hit practice stuff: All signs are pointing toward Adam Long making his first career start at cornerback, opposite Wilson High product Desmond Trufant. He took all the repetitions with the No. 1 defense for the fourth consecutive practice this week. Plus, Quinton Richardson is dealing with a sore ankle. … Running back Chris Polk will continue to serve as the primary kickoff returner, but Sarkisian said Curtis Shaw could see time back there. Cole Sager will also be part of the back line. … Sarkisian still does his fair share of throwing at practice, especially on individual drills. At the end of the workout Thursday, he showed the accuracy that made him one of the all-time best at Brigham Young – by tossing a 40-yard strike into a garbage can on his second try. "I'm done," he said, joking after practice. Then he proceeded to go and try it once more. He missed that time.