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UW OL Porter's career over due to 'degenerative arthritis' in shoulders

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer
Washington offensive lineman Colin Porter's career came to an unfortunate and early end, unable to participate because of injuries to each of his shoulders. Head coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed the news Monday night to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, explaining that the junior guard is suffering from "degenerative arthritis" in each of his shoulders.

"It's unfortunate for him obviously because he had a bright future in the sport, and it's unfortunate for us because he was a bright, young player," Sarkisian told The Times.

Porter started six games as a true freshman in 2010, and all 13 games for the Huskies in 2011. Sarkisian explained that the junior battled through shoulder injuries throughout his time at Washington, and only recent surgeries revealed the extent of the damage.

"It speaks volumes to how tough the kid is, quite honestly, to not just play through it but play pretty well," Sarkisian explained. "When they went to clean it up it was a lost worse than they first thought going in."

Porter will be put on a medical scholarship so his finish his degree, and will be rehabbing from surgery at Washington. The Huskies do still return seven starters on offense, but Porter's absence creates another hole along an offensive line currently lacking in depth.

For more on the Huskies spring practice, including adjusting to the new staff members, check out the Spring Practice Primer.

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