The University of Oregon is reporting that Walter Thurmond III will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The specifics of the injury are not being released, but it is assumed that Thurmond has torn his ACL, suffered on the initial kickoff of last weekend's game against the California Golden Bears.
This is a large blow to the Ducks, as Thurmond had been the best player on the team over the first 3 weeks of the season by a large margin, scoring two touchdowns, and playing excellent defense.
It will be a tough road for Walter, but if there's a place to rehab a knee injury, it's at Oregon.
One thing's for sure, Walter will continue to be an integral part of the team, and will provide much leadership off the field, much as Dennis Dixon did in 2007. Good luck to Walter. We'll have more on how this impacts the Oregon team over the rest of the week. For more from Walter, here is a video interview with him from after yesterday's practice.
[UPDATE] According to the Register-Guard, Thurmond tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL. Check out the article for some comments from Walter, including the work ahead and his role with the team moving forward.