Injury Report: Updated news for Oregon Ducks ahead of game at Colorado

The Oregon Ducks coaching staff would never admit it, but if there was a week they could hold back some players due to nagging injuries, this might be the week. With a game against the 1-7 Colorado Buffaloes, the Ducks will likely be able to get by without a few of their key pieces.

As it turns out, the Ducks might be without a few of their more important guys this weekend. A few starters were missing from both days of practice sessions that were open to media members this week, and others are not quite ready to return.

With a tough stretch of games ahead, kicked off by Washington coming to Autzen Stadium on Nov. 12, Oregon wants to make sure it comes home as healthy as possible, and of course, with a win, before the rival Huskies come calling.

The Ducks don’t release an official injury report each week, but based on quotes from head coach Dan Lanning, as well as observations from practice, here is our best guess at what that report would look like:

WR Chase Cota

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Status: Doubtful

Chase Cota suffered an apparent knee injury in the first half of last week’s win over California. Coach Dan Lanning said on Monday Cota’s injury is still to be determined and that he was unsure of the timeline for the receiver’s return.

LB DJ Johnson

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Status: Questionable

The Oregon linebacker has missed three practices in the last two weeks, including a practice last week, but still played against California. Johnson has, however, not been seen at practice this week leading up to the Colorado game.

DL Taki Taimani

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Status: Doubtful

Taki Taimani suffered an injury ankle against UCLA and hasn’t practiced or played since. It would be nice if he can recover to play against his former team in Washington, but that is definitely not a sure thing.

OL Steven Jones

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Status: Questionable

Steven Jones has missed the majority of the season with a lower leg injury but he returned to a very limited practice regimen last week. He has been seen stretching and rehabbing at practice.

WR Troy Franklin

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Status: Healthy

Oregon’s top receiver went down with an apparent injury just before the half during the California game, but he came out of the locker room and played the entire second half. He has been a full participant during practice this week leading up to the game against Colorado.

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire