Washington plays North Dakota without 3 starters

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Linebacker D.J. Beavers, center Nick Harris and punter Joel Whitford sat out Saturday's game at Husky Stadium

The Washington Huskies played without three starters Saturday in their home football opener against North Dakotaone on each side of the ball, plus their punter.

Inside linebacker D.J. Beavers, center Nick Harris and punter Joel Whitford, all juniors, did not dress for the game. They wore game jerseys over street clothes and mixed among their teammates on the sideline throughout the action.

Beavers wore a protective boot on his left foot. Harris offered no outward clues to his absence. Whitford was left hobbled the weekend before in the Auburn opener.

Its unclear whether any of the players will be available for next weekends Pac-12 opener at Utah.

The Washington coaching staff typically doesnt address injuries or give lineup updates prior to a game.

Senior Tevis Bartlett moved inside and replaced Beavers, senior Jesse Sosebee took over at center and sophomore Race Porter, who punted twice against Auburn, resumed those duties against North Dakota.