The Oregon Ducks injury woes were multiplied on Monday afternoon after learning that left tackle Tyrell Crosby is out for the season with a leg injury. The details of the injury are still unclear.
A few media sources have reported that Crosby has an apparent broken foot, but that has not been confirmed by anyone within Oregon circles. Regardless, the junior offensive linemen will not be returning to the team in 2016.
Minutes after learning the news that star wide receiver and 2016 Olympian Devon Allen would be lost for the year after tearing his ACL on Saturday at Nebraska, the Oregon coaching staff received more bad news.
Crosby initially hurt himself right before kick-off to the season and was forced to miss the Ducks’ first game against UC Davis. However, the next week against Virginia the left tackle was able to return to the starting line-up. Yet, by the end of the game Crosby had been replaced, forcing some to believe the injury was still lingering.
Freshman Brady Aiello started in Crosby’s place against UC Davis, alongside replacing him both times he left games early. The lone scary fact that remains for Oregon moving forward is that their line will be manned by four freshmen and an inexcusably undisciplined Cameron Hunt. If the offensive line can’t forge a quick bond, Oregon’s offense as a whole will stumble.
The light at the end of the tunnel is that Oregon’s o-line averages over 300-pounds per player. Four of the five starters are freshman who are gaining invaluable experience and will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Can you imagine if this group sticks together and stays healthy down the road? Those Oregon AP Top 5 days are not far behind.
As for right now, the mood is tense in Oregon camp. The Ducks can ill-afford to lose anyone else on their offense, especially their inexperienced offensive line.
Fortunately, Oregon is blessed with a wealth of depth and talent so the last effects of these injuries may go overlooked if certain players step up and play their role admirably. We will find out in the coming weeks, as conference play begins this weekend.
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