Kayvon Thibodeaux out for the game, in a walking boot on the sideline

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It’s a picture no one in Eugene wants to see. The players, the fans and especially the coaching staff do not want to see defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux out of uniform and in a walking boot for the second half against Fresno State.

But here we are.

Oregon’s star defender, destined to be a Top 5 NFL draft pick in 2022, had his ankle rolled up by his own teammate late in the first quarter after a play was over. It’s unfortunate in a number of ways as Thibodeaux was absolutely dominating the Bulldogs offensive line. He had two sacks and forced a fumble that led to Oregon’s first touchdown.

Thibodeaux did try to give it a go after having his ankle taped up, but that usual explosiveness just wasn’t there and that’s when the Ducks’ training staff decided to call it a day.

Hopefully, it’s just a minor ankle injury and Thibodeaux will be able to play in Columbus as the Ducks will need him against the Buckeyes.