UCLA's Kevin Prince sits out again
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince sat out of practice again Wednesday, the second consecutive day he has been sidelined because of a sore and swollen knee, and his status for Saturday's game against Washington State is in jeopardy.
Prince said he was "expecting to play" and that his knee felt better than it did Tuesday but acknowledged he probably couldn't play in the state it is in now.
"My extension is getting better," Prince said. "The full range of motion is getting better, the swelling is going down a little, so it's getting better. It's just got to be better than it is right now still."
Coach Rick Neuheisel said it would be a game-time decision whether to start Prince.
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"If he's ready to play, he'll go to play," Neuheisel said. "We're not that kind of team that we can save guys."
Prince injured his right knee during a run in UCLA's 34-12 victory over Texas last week. He had an MRI exam Sunday that revealed no structural damage but there has been enough pain and swelling to keep him from dressing in pads this week. He had the leg wrapped and walked with a limp Tuesday and Wednesday, but stood alongside the offense for the entire practice and did some throwing on the side.
Whether Prince can fully practice Thursday will go a long way toward determining if he can play Saturday. Offensive coordinator Norm Chow said it's not unusual for quarterbacks to miss a few days of practice because of the bumps and bruises they get during a game but added they usually must return for at least one practice before they can play.
"If he doesn't practice Thursday, it would be hard to see him playing," Chow said.
But Neuheisel said Prince, in his second season as starter, could handle playing even without practicing.
"It would be my hope that he would be able to practice tomorrow, yeah," Neuheisel said. "But I wouldn't rule him out if he can't go tomorrow that he still couldn't handle the chores on Saturday. He's had enough experience to do that."
Sophomore Richard Brehaut has been running the first-team offense and would get the start if Prince can't go.
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