The Oregon Ducks will enter the 2014 season being struck by the injury bug. In the Spring Wide Receiver Bralon Addison tore his ACL in camp and now Comcast Sportsnet is reporting that Starting Guard Tyler Johnstone, who was coming off an acl injury in the offseason retore the same acl and will be out for the 2014 season. This is a big blow for the Oregon Ducks considering Johnstone was anticipating being back in time for the August 30th opener with South Dakota. Now, the usual mentality for the Ducks in ‘next man up’ will go into effect as Andre Yruretagoyena will likely step into the role to protect Heisman Trophy Candidate Quarterback Marcus Mariota for the upcoming season.
An ACL injury typically takes eight months to a year to recover from- in some cases longer, as we have seen in recent years with not only college athletes, but professional athletes as well. Another possibility is that talented defenseman Arik Armstead moves over to fill in for Johnstone in what would be an intriguing move, but considering what that player, whoever it is, is protecting it may be the right move considering the team will need a healthy Marcus Mariota for the entire season and the less that he is knocked around, the better.
Oregon does not have a lot of time to figure this one out. The 2014 opener with South Dakota State is on Saturday, August 30th, followed by the non conference game of the year with Michigan State coming to Eugene in a matchup of top ten teams. The game with the Coyotes is set for a 7:30pm Pacific Time kickoff on Pac-12 Networks.