It was post-concussion testing day Thursday, and strong safety Nate Williams came through with a non-passing grade.
It all but assures the junior from Burien will miss the Pacific-10 Conference game Saturday night against Arizona at Husky Stadium.
Receiver D'Andre Goodwin also took the computerized test, and performed slightly better. His status is still up-in-the-air.
"Nate doesn’t look like he’ll be able to go. He just didn’t test out well," UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. "D’Andre’s actually testing better. But I think it’ll be a case similar to what we did with Devin (Aguilar) in that we have so much depth at the receiver spot, he’ll just be on emergency status for us."
Both suffered head injuries in overtime of the 37-30 loss at Notre Dame last week. Neither starter practiced for a fourth consecutive day Thursday.
The Huskies did welcome promising news. Greg Walker, who injured his right knee right before practice Wednesday and was limping around gingerly the rest of the afternoon, was back running full speed with the No. 1 defense.
He and Nate Fellner will split time at free safety Saturday, and Victor Aiweya will likely get the nod at strong safety.
• Running back Johri Fogerson was a no-show at practice for a third day in a row. He has the flu, and has been isolated from the rest of the team. Sarkisian indicated he thinks the O'Dea product will be fine by Saturday.
• Two weeks ago, the Huskies were fighting a little bit of a letdown after their big win over USC. This week, it's been a lot of the same, only it comes after an emotional defeat at Notre Dame.
Sarkisian addressed the "hangover" issue Thursday.
"The guys have practiced well; they’ve been upbeat. It’s a tribute to our coaches. The coaches have done a really good job. They’ve been intense all week," Sarkisian said. "Our guys realize that this is an opportunity in our conference to get to 2-1. It’s a big game for us. We had to prepare really well, we had to practice really well, and come out and perform on Saturday night."
• The UW defense has faced a myriad of offenses so far this season. This weekend is not exception: Arizona comes at you full bore in the spread.
"As long as we continue to create turnovers, like we’ve been doing, continue to hold people to field goals in the red zone, we’ll be OK and we’ll give the offense a chance," Sarkisian said.
"We just preach: ‘Give us one more play.’ Until the guy gets into the end zone, we get another snap to stop them, another stop to try to create a turnover. Our guys have bought into that philosophy: one more snap. Give us one more snap, we’ll be OK."
• To update a story we did last week on Steve Sarkisian and ex-Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian, two prominent Armenian-American football coaches, they were hoping to meet last weekend in South Bend, Ind.
Sarkisian reported they were unable to.