As Keith Price put it, he's been "living in the training room" this week as he tries to rehabilitate his injured thumb enough so that he can play on Saturday against California.
That's the goal, and that's what Price is preparing for. But, as the 5th-year senior quarterback said after Wednesday's practice, it's out of his hands (no pun intended) at this point.
"I’m preparing. I’m not sure," Price said. "Kind of depends on Coach Sark and how he feels, but I’m preparing myself as if I’m starting."
Immediately following UW's loss last week at Arizona State, Price refused to blame his poor performance on the thumb injury. But he did admit Wednesday that the swelling might have had something to do with a few of his incompletions.
"A couple throws got away from me, man," Price said. "They were bad misses. It wasn’t like I just barely missed. It was a couple bad ones. But like I said, I don’t use my thumb as an excuse. If I’m out there and I’m healthy enough to play, then I’m healthy enough to make the throws. I would never do anything to jeopardize our team’s chances of winning. So if I knew that I couldn’t make that throw I wouldn’t have been playing."
The past few days, Price said, have "been amazing. Rehabbing relentlessy. I’ve been living in the training room. So I’ve been doing the best that I can to try to get my body as healthy as I can."
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