IT WASN'T THE shoulder as much as it was the calf. That was what was hurting the most for Jeff Tuel this weekend, so much so he checked himself into the hospital Sunday night. And that was a very smart thing to do, as the junior QB reportedly was experiencing the beginnings of acute compartment syndrome injury.

Former WSU running back James Montgomery nearly lost his leg to acute compartment syndrome a couple years ago. Jeff Tuel's injury was not exacerbated like Montgomery's -- Montgomery's surgery removed a core of his calf muscle and tissue but Tuel will not require surgery according to a report in the Spokesman Review because it was caught as early as it was. Tuel is expected to heal up 100 percent.

Acute compartment syndrome is where blood flow to a muscle is restricted, resulting in tissue damage. The longer it goes without being treated, the worse it gets. Hours, and even minutes, count.

Tuel's return timetable to the field is wait-and-see, but Paul Wulff has said this week he thinks it could likely be 1-2 weeks.

THE CAL GAME has been picked up for broadcast.

Kickoff for the Cougs' game at California, Nov. 5, has been set for a 3:30 p.m. start from AT&T Park in San Francisco. The game will be televised by Comcast SportsNet California -- check with your carrier to determine if they carry this channel.

This week's game, at Oregon, is on Root-NW/FSN. Kickoff is at 12:00 p.m.

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