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Status of UCLA QB Josh Rosen still uncertain for Saturday vs. WSU

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Rosen went down with an apparent injury to his throwing shoulder last week, and his status is still up in the air for Saturday in Pullman

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"If he's ready to play, he'll play. And if he's not ready to play, he won't."

That was the extremely helpful response that UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora had for reporters that asked about the status of quarterback Josh Rosen for Saturday's game in Pullman as the Bruins visit the Cougs.

We don't know a lot about Rosen's injuries, which he suffered in the Bruin's loss to Arizona State last weekend. We know he suffered a "lower-body" in the second quarter. He returned from that and suffered what appears to be an injury to his throwing shoulder with less than four minutes to play. Much like Mike Leach and the Cougs, Jim Mora and the Bruins aren't talking specifics.

But hats off to UCLA beat reporters, who tried to find another way to ask a question to see if Mora would let anything leak. They asked if backup Mike Fafaul would be the man under center if Rosen can't go, and you can probably guess his reply (transcribed by Stefanie Loh):

"He’ll get some first team reps. And Josh will get some and we’ll decide Saturday night which guy is best prepared to play," Mora said, before adding. "I’m not trying to be a jerk. I just don’t give out a lot of injury information."

If Fafaul is the guy, the Bruins better hope he plays better than he did in limited action last week against ASU. The senior went 3 for 11 for 44 yards and 2 interceptions.

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