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Oregon sophomore QB Justin Herbert (collarbone) was able to return to throwing the football on Monday.

"I'm sure he'll get back quicker than we think," Taggart said. The Ducks have really struggled to throw the football in the two games Herbert (6'6/235) has missed, so his return would be a boon for the offense. Having said that, it still seems unlikely that Herbert returns before the end of the month, with a possible return against rival Washington on November 4 seemingly like the optimistic date.
Oct 16 - 9:08 PM

Oregon senior RB Royce Freeman (shoulder) ran for 147 yards on 18 carries in a 49-7 loss to Stanford on Saturday.

Freeman (6'0/229) didn't look like he had any issues with his shoulder against the Cardinal. He did look like a player who plays for a team with a really bad defense and without a quarterback, however. It's great to see Freeman healthy, however, and showing his ability to break tackles and run by defenders. He gets a salivating matchup next weekend with the atrocious UCLA run defense coming in.
Oct 15 - 2:30 AM

Oregon senior RB Royce Freeman (shoulder) practiced on Wednesday.

Freeman played through this shoulder injury against Washington State on Saturday. While he sat out practice earlier in the week, the Ducks are gearing up for him to be available versus Stanford come Saturday. The 6-foot, 229-pound Heisman contender has rushed for 654 yards and 10 touchdowns in six games this season.
Oct 11 - 7:54 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart said that senior WR Charles Nelson (leg) will be able to play against Stanford on Saturday.

Nelson injured his leg during a Week 3 blowout of Wyoming and has not taken the field in the proceeding three contests. He returned to practice on Tuesday. With Dillon Mitchell (concussion) also set to play, Oregon looks like they will at least have a full complement of receivers for true freshman QB Braxton Burmeister to work with.
Oct 11 - 7:29 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart said that sophomore WR Dillon Mitchell (concussion) will be able to play in Saturday's game against Stanford.

Mitchell (6'1/195) sat out this past weekend's loss to Washington State due to the concussion, but he returned to practice on Tuesday and looks to be good-to-go against the Cardinal on Saturday barring a late setback. The sophomore wideout owns a 19-220-2 receiving line on the year.
Oct 11 - 6:13 PM

Oregon freshman QB Braxton Burmeister is expected to start even after senior QB Taylor Alie (head) returns.

According to the Register-Guard, Burmeister is "expected to be orchestrating the offense until Justin Herbert returns from a fractured collarbone." Burmeister got his feet wet in a start against Washington State last week. He has another big assignment upcoming when the Ducks play at No. 23 Stanford on Saturday.
Oct 11 - 3:53 PM

Oregon sophomore WR Dillon Mitchell (concussion) returned to practice on Tuesday.

As did Charles Nelson. Both receivers missed the Ducks’ 33-10 loss to Washington State because of injuries. "Without them last week it just felt like we didn’t have all of our weapons in our arsenal," said WR Brenden Schooler. Mitchell boasts a team-high 19 receptions for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
Oct 11 - 2:26 PM

Oregon redshirt senior QB Taylor Alie (concussion) returned to practice.

Even so, The Register-Guard expects Braxton Burmeister to continue to function as the starter until Justin Herbert returns from a fractured collarbone. The Ducks could really use a legitimate backup behind Burmeister, so the hope is that Alie is close to being cleared.
Oct 11 - 1:37 PM

Oregon senior WR Charles Nelson and Dillon Mitchell returned to practice on Tuesday.

Nelson has not played since the first half of the game against Wyoming after injuring his ankle. Mitchell missed last week's loss to Washington State due to a concussion. Oregon's offense obviously took a step back when Justin Herbert suffered a significant injury, but the receiver duo returning could give them a spark.
Oct 11 - 10:51 AM

Oregon senior RB Royce Freeman (shoulder) did not practice on Tuesday.

Freeman continues to nurse a shoulder injury suffered against Cal two Saturdays ago. While the Ducks have been playing it safe with the 6-foot, 229-pounder in terms of his practice workload, he was able to play in this past weekend's loss to Washington State -- he rushed for 62 yards in the defeat -- and so far, there are no indications that he is in danger of missing this week's game against Stanford. Still, his health is worth monitoring over the remainder of the practice week. Freeman has rushed for 654 yards (5.7 YPC) and 10 touchdowns in six games this season.
Oct 10 - 6:25 PM

Oregon senior Royce Freeman (shoulder) ran for 62 yards on 12 carries in the 33-10 loss to Washington State on Saturday.

Freeman (6'0/229) was effective when he ran the ball, but he clearly wasn't 100 percent, and the Ducks clearly had the senior on a pitch count, and his touches were also limited by the game flow -- game flow being code for not-very-good Oregon defense in this case. Freeman should see more carries next week against Stanford.
Oct 7 - 11:55 PM

Oregon senior WR Charles Nelson (leg) is not playing in Saturday's game against Washington State.

Nelson missed last weekend's win over Cal and while there was some hope that he would be able to play on Saturday, that has not come to pass. With Dillon Mitchell also sidelined due to injury concern, the Ducks are in a somewhat dire place in the receiving corp.
Oct 7 - 8:27 PM

Oregon freshman QB Braxton Burmeister draws the start for Saturday's game against Washington State.

Burmeister will take the start over redshirt senior Taylor Alie. It will be his first at the collegiate level. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder ranked as Rivals' No. 217 overall prospect in the 2017 class. The Ducks are being forced to throw him into the fire courtesy of the fractured collarbone suffered by regular starter Justin Herbert in last weekend's win over Cal.
Oct 7 - 8:01 PM

Oregon sophomore WR Dillon Mitchell (undisclosed) is not warming up in advance of Saturday's game against Washington State.

Mitchell was listed as day-to-day during the practice week, but all signs at this juncture have him sitting out Saturday's contest. Oregon has dealt with attrition in the receiving corp throughout the season.
Oct 7 - 7:54 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart has not decided whether redshirt senior QB Taylor Alie or freshman Braxton Burmeister will start against Washington State on Saturday.

"We still have today's practice, tomorrow's practice, Friday's practice and we have a late game so we have all day Saturday," Taggart said on Wednesday. Alie finished out this past weekend's win over Cal after Justin Herbert fractured his collarbone, but was listed as a co-starter with Burmeister on the team's depth chart for Saturday's showdown with the ascendant Cougars.
Oct 4 - 9:19 PM


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