In his press conference today, Oregon Ducks head coach Willie Taggert said that sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert will be “out for a while.” Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reported the injury is a broken collarbone and Herbert will miss 4-6 weeks.
Herbert was not the only Oregon Ducks player hurt in their 45-24 win on Saturday against the California Golden Bears. Senior running back Royce Freeman also left the game with an injury. Wide receiver Dillion Mitchell left due to injury as well. Oregon had to burn the redshirt of freshman quarterback Braxton Burmeister when backup quarterback Taylor Alie left in the fourth quarter. Charles Nelson missed the game due to injury as well. The Ducks will host the Utah Utes on Saturday Oct. 28, meaning that Herbert might be out for that game. Burmeister, a former four-star recruit, could be forced into service for the foreseeable future. The Ducks face the No. 11 Washington State Cougars at home then make trips in consecutive weeks to the Stanford Cardinal and the UCLA Bruins before hosting Utah.
Before the season started, I did not see Utah going into Eugene and winning. However, if the Ducks are missing Herbert, the game looks much more winnable. It remains unknown how long any of these players will be out for the Ducks and who, if any, will be available again when the Ducks host the Utes in less than a month.