The Washington Huskies will host the Oregon Ducks this weekend in a game between two of the best teams in the Pac-12 North. Washington will likely be without wide receiver James Johnson, according to a statement by head coach Steve Sarkisian via Bob Condetta of the Seattle Times.
Johnson entered practice on Monday with a boot over his right leg and wasn't expected to play this week. That assumption seems to gaining traction as the week progresses. Johnson has posted 330 receiving yards and three touchdowns this season, ranking fourth among Huskies wide receivers in total yardage on 26 catches.
Wide receiver Kasen Williams tweaked his ankle during Wednesday's practice but appears to be okay, according to Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune. Williams sustained the tweak during 11-on-11 drills at Huskies practice after receiving a hit from Nate Fellner. He should still play on Sunday.
Williams' presence will be needed with Johnson out. Williams has recorded 157 receiving yards and two touchdowns on just 14 receptions this season, and he could add to that total on Sunday with Johnson out.
Quarterback Keith Price will need to find his receivers early and often against the Ducks to pull off the upset. With Johnson out, the Huskies receiving corps as a whole will need more production out of its members.