Huskies QB Locker returns after leaving game on stretcher

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Washington quarterback Jake Locker was
released from a local hospital late Saturday after leaving a game
with Oregon State in an ambulance.

Locker returned to the sidelines with 3:18 left in the game
wearing a neck brace. All tests for a neck injury on the
quarterback were negative, said Oregon State spokesman Steve Fenk,
and he will return to Seattle with the team.

"From what we can
tell, we are calling it a neck sprain," Washington coach Ty
Willingham said. "We will look over the next few days to see how
intensive the injury is. We felt confident after talking with the
doctors that the injury was not permanent."

The sophomore quarterback, who has started every game this year,
was scrambling on a third-down play when he was hit by Oregon State
safety Al Afalava.

Locker stayed down for several minutes and was attended to by
emergency workers. He didn't appear to be moving. He was then put
on a stretcher and was lifted into the ambulance to be taken to a

Known for his scrambling ability, Locker entered the game with
791 yards rushing, second in the nation among quarterbacks.

Oregon State defeated Washington, 29-23.