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Williams gets in punt returns, receiver work and could play

Not much really out of practice Thursday, which was windy and especially NOT WARM (all the coaches had hooded sweatshirts or wind-breaker jackets on in Husky Stadium ... and head coach Steve Sarkisian looked particularly affected, at times, by the gusts).

Some quick stuff:

* Receiver Kasen Williams (ankle) looked very fluid coming forward to take punts, or get off the line of scrimmage on routes in practice - the best he has looked all week. Lateral stuff, he appeared to labor a little bit, and the true freshman did not really try and put down weight on that foot to kick it into the extra gear, either.

Call him questionable - as in truly the 50-50 mode to play Saturday against Colorado.

"He looked the best he’s looked running routes, so I was very encouraged," Sarkisian said. "I think tomorrow (Friday) will be good for him not have to be such an intense day for his ankle. Hopefully it feels good Saturday."

* Same goes for defensive tackle Danny Shelton (foot), who was very limited against Utah (and nobody around Montlake seems certain he played at all). That foot injury happened the week of practice prior to that game.

But he participated Thursday is most of the action, including the practice-closing team period when the No. 2 defense took on the starting offense.

"He is getting better. He is moving better," Sarkisian said. "And I think he’ll be able to do some things for us Saturday."

* If the offense had been a bit stagnant earlier in the week, coming off the bye, it picked up just fine Thursday. In fact, it might have been the best practice in which the receiving corps, as a whole, caught the football. Passes were being snatched out of the air - some on simple throws, and others just really great receptions.

* As for quarterback Keith Price (knees, ankle), he was never in danger of not starting Saturday. But the spring in his step in nearly all the way back. He does not look taxed at all by any of the pre-bye week injuries. Sarkisian noticed as much.

"I wouldn't give him 100 percent yet, but he looks the best I've seen him now for over a month," Sarkisian said.

* All the possible time-share positions - at both outside linebacker spots, and at free safety - will stay that way, the third-year UW coach said, adding that playing time will be dictated by opposing schematics and circumstance.

On Thursday, I noticed Jamaal Kearse playing much more on the strong side than John Timu. The other linebacker position appeared almost equal. And Justin Glenn got the majority of the time with the No. 1 defense at free safety over Nate Fellner.

All parties appear fully healthy and ready to go.