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Monday, November 2, 2009
Locker nursing thigh bruise

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Washington quarterback Jake Locker is nursing a deep thigh bruise that might sideline him for the Huskies' game at UCLA on Saturday.

Coach Steve Sarkisian said Locker was "day to day."

"We're not going to force him back onto the field if he's not healthy and ready to go," Sarkisian said. "I would anticipate that he would be but it remains day to day."

Locker, who suffered the thigh bruise in the first quarter against Oregon on Oct. 24, was limited during bye week practices. He said he felt "pretty good" on Monday.

"I should be ready to go," Locker said.

Sophomore Ronnie Fouch is Locker's backup. Fouch started eight games last year after Locker suffered a season-ending thumb injury. Fouch completed 45 percent of his passes with 13 interceptions and four touchdowns.

"I think Ronnie can go in and perform very well," Sarkisian said.

Sarkisian also said linebacker E.J. Savannah, who had surgery on a broken hand, is "very doubtful."

The game is critical to the Huskies' and Bruins' bowl hopes. Both are 3-5 overall and need to win three of their last four games to earn bowl eligibility.

Washington hasn't beaten UCLA in the Rose Bowl since 1995.