Dawgbytes - 10/13

Somehow, it seems as though being labeled a captain on this year's Husky football team comes with a price. After losing Zach Tuiasosopo for the season earlier this year, another senior captain went down and like Tuiasosopo before him, his season and Washington playing days may be done as well.

There were rumors circling earlier in the day that Khalif Barnes was injured and Keith Gilbertson confirmed the worst.

"Khalif Barnes fractured his wrist yesterday during practice and will have surgery tomorrow and is done for the season," said Gilbertson.

Barnes was hurt yesterday during practice during offensive line drills. At first, it seemed as if he had just sprained his wrist. Barnes went and saw a hand specialist after practice and this morning, Gilbertson was notified that he won't have his senior captain on the line back for year.

Gilbertson described the injury as something similar to the injury to Corey Williams. Barnes will have surgery tomorrow morning where there will be pins inserted into this wrist to stabilize the fracture.

Barnes joins a list of captains that have been bitten by the injury bug. Tuiasosopo is out for the season with a foot injury, and Charles Frederick and Derrick Johnson both injured their legs and missed game time.

"It's a rough game," said Gilbertson. Gilbertson did indicate there is always a chance that Barnes could be a fast healer and could conceivably come back later this year but sees that as a reach.

Starting all 47 games of his career, it is widely considered that Barnes holds the school record for most consecutive starts. That streak will obviously come to an end this week. Without Barnes, Ryan Brooks will move to the side Barnes was on, and Robin Meadow will take over Brooks' spot. Chad Macklin will be backing up both tackle positions, and Gilbertson indicated that Stanley Daniels may get some looks at the position.

That leaves an already thin cupboard of offensive linemen one less big body.

"We're probably going to have to make some moves," said Gilbertson. "I think we're probably going to bring up Nathan Flowers from the scout team. He'll be in the two-deep." Flowers has seen increased action in recent practices and looks to be the most prepared.

"We got to get through today and tomorrow with what we have," said Gilbertson.

With the game so close, there will not be much time to get new personnel fully prepared

'It's a little late now," he said. "You're not going to change much in two days."

Also ruled out of Saturday's game is Donny Mateaki. Mateaki left last Saturday's game with an injured foot and had his foot scanned to determine the extent of the injury.

However, Frederick and Johnson look to be ready to go on Saturday which will be a big boost in a match up with Oregon State's talented secondary and dangerous air attack.

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