Richard Brehaut ready to practice

UCLA quarterback Richard Brehaut is expected to return to practice this week just four weeks after breaking his leg in the Bruins' win over Washington State on Oct. 8.

Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel said Sunday night that it's too soon to tell when he'll be ready to play in games again, but the fact that he's able to practice is an encouraging step.

"We'll know more on Tuesday after we see him kind of run around, but it's nice to get him back and he's moving in that direction," Neuheisel said.

Brehaut had completed 66 of 119 passes for 935 yards and six touchdowns without an interception before his injury.

Although quarterback Kevin Prince was initially benched for Brehaut in the Bruins' loss to Texas on Sept. 17, it's no sure thing Brehaut will start when he is ready. Prince led UCLA to a comeback win against the Cougars after Brehaut went down and has gone 2-1 as a starter in the previous three games. He has completed 45 of 83 passes for four touchdowns, and rushed for 242 yards since taking over for Brehaut.

When asked who his starter would be when both quarterbacks are healthy, Neuheisel said:

"We'll have to determine what that scenario is when he returns. I've always said I've got two quarterbacks that are proven and that's a luxury for me. We'll cross that bridge at the appropriate time.

"You have to see what's best for the football team. I think both kids are capable of playing winning football. There's no question about it."

Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.