Injuries are part of football. It just seems like Oregon gets an awful lot of them.
Already missing Tyler Johnstone, Bralon Addison, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Pharaoh Brown to season ending knee injuries, it looks like you can add another knee injury to the list, with receiver Devon Allen being wheeled off on a wheelchair after twisting his knee on the opening kickoff return.
The Oregonian's Jason Quick gives an update on the situation:
"I'm just glad we won,'' Allen said. "We are Rose Bowl Champions. That's a huge deal.''
That's a pretty selfless approach to a personally devastating circumstance. Faced with jubilant teammates and falling confetti and a scene he probably dreamed about, Allen was handcuffed by his crutches.
But he didn't pout. He didn't hobble away to wallow in his pain and misery: He asked teammate Taylor Allie if he could get him one of the t-shirts.
Quick goes on to say that the Ducks won't know the extent of the injury for a few days. But when wheelchairs and crutches are involved, it's hard to believe that he'll be back in just over a week.
It also likely will affect Allen's track season. Allen is the defending NCAA and US 110 meter hurdles champion. He will be unable to defend that crown if his knee injury is significant.
It's an awful end to Allen's season. For Oregon, it's just next man up. Darren Carrington had a great Rose Bowl game. Dwyane Stanford, Keanon Lowe, Byron Marshall, and Charles Nelson have all been great this year. The Ducks will have plenty of weapons in the championship game.
Just imagine how many they'd have if everyone were healthy.