Ryan Grubb gives injury updates on Washington WRs Jalen McMillan, Germie Bernard
Ryan Grubb told reporters on Monday that Jalen McMillan’s knee “gave out a little bit” on Saturday during Washington’s 36-33 win over Oregon.
The Huskies’ star receiver made his first appearance since the Michigan State win in Week 3, but was quickly forced back out of the game with an injury. UW’s offensive coordinator said McMillan is in good spirits, and doctors felt “confident” about the situation after some testing.
“I think he’s doing better,” Grubb said. “I think it just honestly surprised him that his knee gave out a little bit. He’s feeling good after the game. He’s back at the doctor today and they’re just double-checking. Strength was good, structure was good after the game and they were feeling pretty confident about it. We’re just trying to help JMac work through it and see if we can get him back out there.”
After the game, head coach Kalen DeBoer said McMillan just “tweaked” the knee issue he was previously dealing with.
It remains to be seen if McMillan is back for Washington’s game against Arizona State on Saturday.
The status of Germie Bernard is a question as well.
“He banged his ankle up on a kickoff return,” Grubb said. “Still trying to see where he’s at. Yesterday, they were still trying to examine it and see how much strength he’s got. He was kind of hobbling around at the lift (on Sunday), but we’re anticipating he hopefully can make it back.”
In the win over Oregon, Washington also saw Giles Jackson make his season debut.
Jackson was a key piece of the receiver rotation last season for the Huskies but had not played prior to Saturday after a thumb injury in training camp. UW initially thought he could save the year as a redshirt.
Jackson scored Washington’s first touchdown of the game Saturday and finished with 58 yards on six receptions.
Grubb just laughed when he was asked if the plan is still to limit Jackson to four games and let him preserve the year as a redshirt.
“Who knows,” Grubb said. “I think it’ll be hard. It’ll be harder now, but a huge part of that obviously is tied into JMac and Germ, if those guys are healthy and how much availability they have. We’ll keep assessing that week-to-week.”