Washington football injury updates: Running back, linebacker out for the season

The Washington Huskies have announced the loss of two key players for the rest of the season.

Washington football head coach Jimmy Lake met with the media leading up to Washington’s match-up against the Stanford Cardinal in Week 9.

Lake opened his press conference by providing injury updates for six players, five of which were injured in the Week 7 game against UCLA.

Before the game against the Arizona Wildcats, five Washington players were announced to not have traveled with the team due to injuries against the UCLA Bruins:

  • LB Edefuan Ulofoshio
  • S Cameron Williams
  • LT Jaxson Kirkland
  • DT Sam Taimani
  • RB Richard Newton

Lake said that Williams, Kirkland, and Taimani are recovering well from their respective injuries and are now considered week-to-week.

However, for Ulofoshio and Newton, the update wasn’t as encouraging, as the two will miss the rest of the season with an arm and ACL injury, respectively.

Washington football to continue season without Newton and Ulofoshio

Expectations were high for Richard Newton heading into the season. He’s an incredibly skilled and versatile running back with the right blend of power and speed.

Newton didn’t have as successful of a season as originally hoped for before the season began but not all of the blame can’t be put on his performance. Most of the blame is on the coaches and their relentless idea of making the run-game work even when it wasn’t.

Newton finished the 2021 season with 39 attempts, 138 yards, and one touchdown in four games.

As for Ulofoshio, it’s unknown what kind of injury he suffered to his arm but it’s one that required surgery to repair. He managed 51 total tackles (his most in a single season) and 2.5 tackles for a loss.

We wish nothing but the best for Newton and Ulofoshio in their recoveries.

One last update…

Washington safety Alex Cook was carted off the field on a stretcher following a scary collision with an Arizona opponent. Our minds always expect the worst when it comes to neck injuries, however, all of Cook’s tests, fortunately, came back negative and he is currently in concussion protocol. Like several of his other teammates, he is considered week to week.