PASADENA CA - OCTOBER 02: Quarterback Jeff Tuel #10 of the Washington State Cougars drops back to pass against the UCLA Bruins during the first quarter at the Rose Bowl on October 2 2010 in Pasadena California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Jeff Tuel Injury Update: Washington State QB Cleared To Return

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Jeff Tuel Injury: Washington State QB Cleared For Stanford Game

Jeff Tuel has thrown just two passes for the Washington State football team this year due to an injury during the Cougars' first game of the season. Tuel's broken clavicle has apparently healed, however, as head coach Paul Wulff announced his quarterback has been cleared to play in the team's upcoming game against Stanford.

According to the release from the school, though, it's unclear what exactly Tuel will be expected to do against the Cardinal until Saturday afternoon.

Tuel met with Cougar team physicians Wednesday morning and after the examination was cleared to play with no restrictions. Wulff noted that Tuel's role in Saturday's Homecoming Game against Stanford will be a gametime decision.

In Tuel's absence, senior Marshall Lobbestael has been leaned on as the team's starting quarterback. Lobbestael has completed 118 of his 182 passes for 1,570 yards and 15 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions on the season.

For more on the Cougars, be sure to read CougCenter, SB Nation's blog focusing on Washington State athletics.

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Jeff Tuel Injury: Washington State Quarterback Out With Broken Collarbone

It has not been a good couple of days for Washington State Cougars starting quarterback Jeff Tuel. First, the QB was forced to sit out the beginning of WSU's game against Idaho State due to a stomach virus. Then, when he entered the game, he was injured and forced to come out of the game during his first series.

He was taken to the locker room for x-rays, and it has since been revealed that Tuel has suffered a fractured left clavicle, or a broken collarbone. He appeared to sustain the injury before he came out of the game, finishing the drive while he was probably in some considerable pain.

Tuel will likely be out for a considerable period of time as a result of the injury. His replacement is Marshall Lobbestael, who has performed well so far against Idaho State. However, that's unlikely to take too much of the sting of the injury away from Tuel or Washington State fans.

Stay tuned to the opening Saturday of college football with SB Nation's huge assortment of college football blogs and SB Nation's college football news hub. For more on Washington State, visit CougCenter and SB Nation Seattle.

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