EUGENE, Oregon — The No. 11 Oregon Ducks could be in serious trouble. All-American candidate Dillon Brooks is in a walking boot. Brooks left Thursday’s game against Cal and did not return with an undisclosed lower leg injury.
The boot is protecting his left foot, which is very bad news. That is the same foot that forced Brooks to have offseason surgery. In turn, the Canadian product missed the start of the 2016-17 season.
Thursday, Brooks exited just before halftime against the Bears with a noticeable limp on his left leg. The play on which he was injured is still under review.
“It takes a little wind out of your sails,” said head coach Dana Altman. “He'll be evaluated the next couple of days and we'll see.”
Friday morning Brooks was evaluated by the University of Oregon medical staff. We still do not have any definitive information.
The walking boot “could” be precautionary, but nobody from UO will speculate. The Ducks could also be waiting for any swelling to go down before any further tests are conducted. Needless to say, the Dillon Brooks timetable is TBD.
We should have more information in the very near future. We collectively hold our breath and hope for the best possible outcome for Dillon.
Regardless, Oregon needs to refocus with the task at-hand. The Stanford Cardinal (10-8, 2-4 Pac-12) are in town for a Saturday showdown with a vulnerable Duck squad from Matthew Knight Arena. Tip is set for 3:00 p.m. PCT.
No. 11 Oregon will be looking to extend their school-record home win-streak to 38 games. The Ducks currently find themselves on a 15-game win streak overall.
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