"Outside chance" WSU's Tuel returns before Stanford game

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by KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 8:34 PM

PULLMAN -- There's an "outside chance" Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel returns to action before the Stanford game on October 15th.

That's what WSU head coach Paul Wulff told KREM 2 Sports at practice on Wednesday.

Tuel, who broke his collarbone in the first game of the season against Idaho State, is practicing with the team. He's even healthy enough to throw, but he's still not wearing pads.

The timetable for Tuel's return was originally set at four-to-eight weeks, but Wulff confirmed at practice it's more like six-to-eight weeks now.

If his recovery goes as scheduled, the earliest Tuel will return is the October 15th home game against Stanford. But, Wulff says Tuel could come back earlier.

"I think there's an outside chance of that, but I wouldn't count on it," he said. "Everything he can be doing right now, he's doing. In the latest X-ray, he's doing well."

The Cougars offense is doing fine without Tuel so far this year. They currently rank sixth in the country with 539.7 yards per game.

Washington State returns to action this week against Colorado. It's the Cougars' Pac-12 opener.

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