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Oregon Ducks Injury Updates: How will Ekpre-Olomu, Grasu, Tyner, and Addison Affect The Rose Bowl

Injuries are always a big factor in football. Here are the five biggest injury stories from the Rose Bowl for Oregon.

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One of the storylines of the Rose Bowl for the Oregon Ducks is the impact that injury news will play on the game. Here are the five biggest injury stories for Oregon:

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu -- Oregon's All-American cornerback tore his ACL in practice, and will miss the remainder of the season. This is a very tough blow for an Oregon secondary that must face Florida State receiver Rashad Greene, who has 93 catches on the season. Troy Hill will move to the primary spot covering Greene, and Hill has proven to be a very reliable starter this year. Chris Seisay will start opposite Hill. Seisay's performance has been more mixed this season, but he has looked better later in the season. A big impact of Ekpre-Olomu's injury is that Dior Mathis could see significant snaps in the game. To put it generously, Mathis has really struggled. If I'm Jameis Winston, I throw the ball in Mathis' direction every time he is on the field.

Pharaoh Brown -- Brown, who suffered a devastating knee injury at Utah, will obviously miss the game for the Ducks. This likely means Evan Baylis will start, with Johnny Mundt also seeing time. Baylis and Mundt have shown in the past to be weapons in the passing game, and Marcus Mariota has shown confidence in each in the past. What set Brown apart, and where Oregon will really miss him, is his physical blocking in the run game. This is especially true when Mariota elects to keep the ball and run outside on the zone read.

Hroniss Grasu -- A positive piece of injury news is that All-American center Grasu will return for the Rose Bowl. Grasu may not be completely 100%, but even 90% of the All-American is better than the vast majority of centers. This will allow Hamani Stevens to slide back over to guard, and be a big boon for Oregon's offensive line depth, as the unit should be as healthy as they have been all year.

Thomas Tyner -- Tyner, a freshman All-American a season ago, has been injured much of the season and has taken a step back with Royce Freeman's emergence. But when Tyner has played this year, he has shown a physical brand of running that he didn't show a season ago. Tyner is reportedly at 100%, and this could mean that instead of taking Byron Marshall out of the slot or playing Kenny Bassett when Freeman goes out, you get a player who isn't really a downgrade at all.

Bralon Addison -- The All Pac-12 wide receiver is a bit of a mystery, having missed the entire season with an ACL injury that he tore in the spring. Addison is reportedly back to practicing at full strength, and could conceivably play in the big game. That said, the receiver play has been stellar for Oregon this season--with Devon Allen, Dwayne Stanford, Keanon Lowe, Darren Carrington, and Charles Nelson all having big years for the Ducks. Addison's talent is undeniable, but is it worth blowing an entire redshirt year to play in this one game?

How does the ATQ community believe that these injury updates will impact the game?