Idaho’s top two quarterbacks spent Tuesday afternoon at the Kibbie Dome wearing slings. Starter Chad Chalich had one on his throwing shoulder, back-up Josh McCain with one on his non-throwing shoulder.
Taking the repetitions with the offense were the only two quarterbacks on the roster who are healthy — Senior Taylor Davis and true freshman Matt Linehan.
Petrino wouldn’t get into specifics about Chalich’s injury or his timetable for return, though there’s really no reason for there to be a timetable right now with Idaho currently on a bye week. Chalich landed on his shoulder at Arkansas State on Saturday while taking a sack. McCain injured his left shoulder being taken out of bounds by a defender the week prior against Fresno State.
Here are Petrino’s comments on his quarterbacks:
On Chalich: “That’s just something the doctors, the training staff and him…you know Chad’s tough, whenever he can play he’ll play. It’ll just be a matter of how long it takes for him to get better and I really don’t know how long.” When asked about McCain he said “same.”
On potentially pulling Matt Linehan’s redshirt: “If we have to. I would not ever do it, like the other day when “(Taylor Davis’) helmet came off and it was just one play, so we took the timeout. If it were ever something where it was just a play here or a play there I would not ever do it. But if (Davis) were out for the whole game, out for a couple games, then yeah, we’d have to.”
On DeCoud moving back to QB from defense: “Probably not, no.”
Other injury notes: OT Jesse Davis, DE Quinton Bradley, WR Dezmon Epps, OG Dallas Sandberg, TE Jared Klingenberg have also sat out.