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Washington Suffers Yet Another Loss Despite Win

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Wide receiver Kasen Williams will require surgery after injuring his leg and foot against Cal on Saturday and may miss the rest of the season. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images.
Wide receiver Kasen Williams will require surgery after injuring his leg and foot against Cal on Saturday and may miss the rest of the season. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images.

Washington receiver Kasen Williams is expected to miss the rest of the season after a suffering brutal injury to his left leg and foot Saturday.

Williams suffered a fracture in his lower leg, some sort of dislocation and an unspecified foot injury and will undergo surgery Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound junior caught 77 passes for 878 yards and six touchdowns in 2012. While his yards per catch are up more than three yards to 14.5, his receptions have fallen off considerably (to 29) as the Huskies have relied on running back Bishop Sankey and spread the ball around in the passing game in part thanks to the attention Williams draws from defenses.

Many analysts consider Williams the best receiver on the team. He made at least three catches in every game this season before Saturday's injury.

"He'll take it like a champion. He'll do whatever we need him to do to get healthy and he'll get back," coach Steve Sarkisian said.

Sarkisian didn't yet rule out a Williams return for a bowl game, wanting to wait until after the surgery to provide detailed information on the injury.

Washington (5-3, 2-3) has been shellacked since a 4-0 start, losing to Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State in consecutive games. Just when it appeared the Huskies would get a break, facing Pac-12 bottom-dwellers Cal and Colorado with a bye week in between, the team lost Williams.

The team should become bowl eligible against CU, then must go on the road to face UCLA and Oregon State. It's not inconceivable Washington could be 6-5 entering the final game of the season against Washington State.