SEATTLE (AP) — Even though Kasen Williams' role had diminished because of how Washington was running its offense, he was still the main wide receiver every opposing defense had to account for.
If Washington is going to make a late-season charge following its October swoon, the Huskies will have to do it with Williams on the sideline.
"We've got good depth at the position," Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday. "We'll miss him because he's a great player but we've got good depth."
Williams is expected to miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a fracture in his lower left leg and an injury to his left foot in Saturday's win over California. Williams was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday afternoon and have surgery to repair the injury on Tuesday.
Sarkisian said the team won't know how long Williams will be out until after the surgery. Sarkisian noted late Saturday night that Williams had suffered a dislocation as well, but he did not specify if that was the foot injury. Williams moved around on crutches and with his left leg in a large cast on Sunday at the memorial service for former Washington coach Don James.
Sarkisian didn't rule out the chance that Williams could be back for a bowl game but didn't want to talk specifics until after the surgery.
"To Kasen's credit he's in good spirits, he came to coach James' service yesterday, he was with the team today," Sarkisian said. "He'll take it like a champion. He'll do whatever we need him to do to get healthy and he'll get back."
Williams was injured in the second quarter against the Golden Bears. Williams had to slow down and jump to try to haul in an underthrown deep pass. As he came down, Wililams' left leg was pinned underneath his body by the defensive back. He was helped off the field and was later taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but had returned to the stadium before the game ended.
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