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Nick Foles’ health improving, but status uncertain for season finale

Nick Foles

Nick Foles walks gingerly off the field with 6:10 to play against ASU. Photo by Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

The status of Arizona Wildcats senior quarterback Nick Foles was still uncertain as the team finished practice Wednesday night.

Foles suffered a rib contusion late in last week’s game against Arizona State, having to leave with 6:10 to play. He did not return.

“He’s not bad,” interim coach said Tim Kish said of Foles.

“I don’t think he’s 100 percent right now. But he’s throwing the ball better today and he’ll throw a little bit more tomorrow. We’re prepared either way. Hopefully, he can get in there a little bit on Saturday, maybe a lot of bit.”

Arizona’s other option is senior Bryson Beirne, who came in for Foles against ASU and finished off the drive by hitting a short screen pass to Juron Criner, who spun out of a tackle and went in for the go-ahead 23-yard score in a 31-27 victory.

Foles, who spoke after Tuesday’s practice, said he had only been able to go through warm-ups that day but was hoping to increase his practice time through the week. He told Kish on Sunday that he wanted to play in his career finale at UA.

“I plan on playing,” Foles said Tuesday. “I always plan on playing.”

Kish put the brakes on that talk, though, saying it’s also going to be a doctor’s call.

“If they say he’s got a chance for injury, no way,” Kish said.

Kish added: “We’re going to assess it day-by-day. If it keeps improving the way it does, he should be OK by Saturday, I would think.”

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