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Locker To See Hand Specialist, Lopina To Start For Cougs

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Locker to see hand specialist
      
SEATTLE (AP) - There could be some news soon about the chances
Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Locker has of returning this
season.
Locker is expected to see a hand specialist today to get an
update on his broken right thumb. Locker was hurt on Sept. 27
against Stanford and had surgery on his thumb two days later.
Offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said yesterday that Locker
perhaps could be done for the season, but a better idea of how long
the sophomore star will be out should be known after his exam.
No matter if Locker returns this season or not, Lappano says he
shouldn't have any problems be ready for spring practice.

Lopina to start at QB for WSU vs. USC
      
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Kevin Lopina will start at quarterback
when Washington State hosts No. 6 Southern Cal on Saturday in
Pullman.
That's after Marshall Lobbestael suffered torn knee ligaments
last weekend at Oregon State. Lopina has missed the past three
games after breaking a bone in his back, but is now cleared to
play.
Coach Paul Wulff says that if Lopina goes down, he will pull the
redshirt off freshman J.T. Levenseller.
     
WSU FOOTBALL-ROGERS
      WSU QB Rogers talks about his injury
      
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State quarterback Gary Rogers
says something popped in his back when he was hit on the right side
just as he passed the football against Portland State last month.
He also felt numbness and tingling in his right arm as he lay
unmoving on the turf at Martin Stadium.
The diagnosis was a stable cervical spine fracture that was
nonsurgical ... a small fractured bone that would repair itself.
These days Rogers watches the Cougars on television and is
preparing to graduate in December. Doctors say he should recover
fully.
      
      
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