Washington running back Chris Polk may not be out for long, but here's a guess that Huskies fans are just a bit nervous after coach Steve Sarkisian announced that the All-Pac-10 running back had his knee scoped to repair a meniscus injury on Thursday morning.
Sarkisian said Polk would be out a couple of weeks and could miss the season opener against Eastern Washington on Sept. 3.
With Polk out, sophomore backup Jesse Callier joins the first-team offense. He rushed for 433 yards last year, including 107 on just 10 carries versus UCLA. Johri Fogerson is the next in line. And while Polk is on the sideline, it makes it less likely true freshman Bishop Stankey will redshirt. The Huskies already lost the promising Deontae Cooper for the season to a knee injury.
The Huskies should be able to handle Eastern Washington without Polk, though it's worth noting the Eagles are the defending FCS national champions and preseason No. 1 team. They play host to Hawaii on Sept. 10 and visit Nebraska on Sept. 17.
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Polk, a 5-foot-11, 214-pound junior, rushed for 1,415 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010. That included 284 yards and two touchdowns in an Apple Cup victory over Washington State and 177 yards in the Huskies' Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska.
Sarkisian told reporters Polk "tweaked" his knee Wednesday night. From the Seattle Times:
"We went in this morning just to clean up a little bit of a meniscus thing in there,'' Sarkisian said. "It's not serious but I just didn't want it to linger and I thought the doctors handled it really well, and let's just do it now so we are not dealing with this thing come October, November. It potentially could be a couple of weeks but I think he already feels good about it.''