WASHINGTON STATE quarterback Jeff Tuel, the junior upon whose arm and feet carried so much of the Cougars' hopes for a bowl game, broke his left clavicle after just three plays Saturday against Idaho State. WSU trainer Bill Drake told radio sideline reporter Ian Furness that the injury is not season ending. However, general consensus in medical circles is that it's a six- to 10-week recovery time.
Tuel didn't start the game, as he was battling a stomach virus, and his senior understudy Marshall Lobbestael
staked the Cougs to a 14-0 lead. Tuel, after hydrating with a series of IVs, entered the game on WSU's third offensive series. On his third play, he rolled right to pass but was forced to run and apparently broke the collarbone in a pile up near the 6 yard line.
The break was reported on the Cougar Radio Network in the second quarter after Furness talked with Drake.
A clavicle fracture is a break in the collarbone. It connects the sternum (breastplate) to the shoulder. The clavicle can fracture in three different places. According to medical websites, it can break in three different places:
The middle portion of the clavicle, which is the most common fracture point;
The "distal" portion connecting to the shoulder;
The "medial" third connecting to the sternum.
If there are any silver linings in Tuel's injury, it is these: Tuel is right-handed and the injury is on his left side; Lobbestael is a fifth-year senior with experience; and Tuel is a true junior, meaning he has a redshirt yet to use if the recovery time is longer than shorter.
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