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Kevin Prince aiming for Wednesday return

9/6/2011

Injured quarterback Kevin Prince sat out of practice Tuesday as he completes the school's concussion protocol, but he's expected to return to practice Wednesday and said he is on track to play Saturday against San Jose State at the Rose Bowl.

Prince started UCLA's opening-week loss to Houston, but left early in the second quarter after landing hard on his head and shoulder after a four-yard gain. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion and a mild sprain in his AC joint, but the concussion symptoms have dissipated and the pain in his shoulder is getting better.

"I’m feeling pretty good," Prince said. "I got the range of motion back in my shoulder. There’s a little pain when I try to throw so we’re trying to work through that, but I think I’ll be ready for Saturday."

Coach Rick Neuheisel said he would wait until Wednesday before he made a decision on whether or not Prince would start. Richard Brehaut, who Neuheisel said would play at some point in the game, came in and passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns, but Neuheisel has not committed to start Brehaut Saturday.

"It’s too early to make that kind of determination," Neuheisel said.

Neuheisel did say he would like to see Prince run with a little more caution, however. Prince missed all or parts of games in 2009 because of a broken jaw and a concussion and missed training camp last year with a torn oblique and then went down for the season with a knee injury that required surgery after starting five games.

"I think there are things he can do to take less abuse," Neuheisel said. "There are ways to get down. Kevin is a competitive kid. He certainly doesn’t want to be hurt so we’ll hopefully get him back quickly.

Prince said he would be back sooner than he thought he might be after the injury first happened.

"From where I was Saturday night in terms of where I felt with my shoulder, it’s tons better than I expected it to be," he said. "I initially thought there would be no way I could play this week, but I really think I can now."