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Running Back Injured at Off-Campus Party, Not Practice

October 22, 1996

SEATTLE (AP) _ Washington running back Rashaan Shehee hurt his foot last month when he leaped from a balcony during an off-campus party and not during practice, the school now says.

Washington coach Jim Lambright confirmed Monday that Shehee suffered the injury when he jumped from a balcony at a party where gunshots were fired during the Huskies’ bye week late in September.

Shehee was the team’s most heralded returnee in 1996 after a second-team All-Pac-10 season in 1995 when he gained 995 yards in 12 games and had a school-record 15 rushing touchdowns.

But because of the injury, he has been ineffective this month. He missed a game against Stanford, came back at less than full speed against Notre Dame and sat out the UCLA game last Saturday. His totals for the month: eight carries for seven yards.

Lambright said Shehee could return against Oregon on Saturday.

The Huskies first revealed that Shehee was hurt just before the Oct. 5 game against Stanford. The team said Shehee had injured himself in the previous Monday’s practice, that his ankle had then swollen and caused him to miss workouts later in the week.

Monday, Lambright said he was satisfied that Shehee and the other Huskies who attended the off-campus party were not involved in any wrongdoing, and thus issued the story about a practice injury.

Lambright didn’t want to comment directly on the incident, but confirmed the account painted by other Husky players:

Shehee was among several players at the party the weekend the Huskies had a bye Sept. 28. An uninvited male guest showed up, a dispute erupted, and the guest pulled out a gun and fired it.

While guests scrambled for cover, Shehee leaped from a balcony, bruising his right foot.

The gunman was wrestled down until police arrived.

Lambright said he has discussed the incident at length with Shehee and other players, and was satisfied that no disciplinary action was warranted.

Backup Corey Dillon has made the most of Shehee’s absence. Dillon has rushed 124 times for 648 yards to lead the Pac-10. He rolled up 145 yards and five touchdowns against UCLA last week.

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