Preseason All-America TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins watches Friday night’s practice with a cast over the small finger on his right hand. Surgery Thursday showed a clean break with no ligament or other damage.
It looks more likely tonight than it did Wednesday or Thursday that Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be healthy enough for the Huskies’ Aug. 31 opener against Boise State.
Coach Steve Sarkisian gave an “encouraging” (to use his word) summary of his record-setting tight end’s surgery Thursday to repair a broken pinkie finger on his right hand.
"Just as we thought from the X-ray, it was a clean break," Sarkisian said following Friday evening’s shorter, second of two practices. "They inserted the pin in his pinkie. And now the rehab process is under way."
Doctors found no ligament damage or any other complication beyond the broken digit.
"Which is really good. It was encouraging," Sarkisian said. "There was nothing with the knuckle. It was right on the pinkie."
Quarterback Keith Price says it will take more than a broken little finger to keep his huge throwing targer from being healthy enough to play in 15 days.
"Yeah, I know he’ll be back. He’ll be back (for Boise State)," Price said. "He just told me today: ‘Hey, man, I could play today if I really wanted to.’
"He’s awesome, man. He’s an extremely hard worker. I know he’ll be back with us."
Seferian-Jenkins spent Friday night’s relatively short, helmets-and-shorts practice at Husky Stadium holding a play sheet. He followed the scrimmaging by crouching behind the offense — just as his head coach does.
He watched back-up tight end Michael Hartvigson catch a deep flag route from Price, as Hartvigson and Joshua Perkins again were the tight ends replacing ASJ on the first-team offense.
When I asked Sarkisian if Seferian-Jenkins might be able to play with the cast he is currently wearing on the bottom of his right hand, the coach said: “I’m going to take it day to day and see how this responds. I haven’t gotten that far, quite honestly. Surgery yesterday.