The CJ Verdell news was the headliner from Mario Cristobal’s Thursday press conference.
But there was plenty of other noteworthy news in regards to injuries.
Oregon defensive back Bennett Williams is done for the season. It was reported earlier this week that Williams missed the Stanford game due to a fibula injury.
Cristobal confirmed that the star junior will not play for the Ducks again this year.
Those are two massive injury blows for the Ducks. But Oregon has some key players who have missed time that should be back on the field soon.
Edge rusher Bradyn Swinson will be full-go for Oregon’s Week 7 showdown with Cal in Eugene.
“Swinson looks good. We feel he’ll be completely ready to go this next week,” Cristobal said. “He practiced with us this past week and looks really good.”
Edge rusher Adrian Jackson will be back for the Cal game, too.
Freshman safety Daymon David should also be good-to-go. Cristobal said he practiced with the Ducks last week, too, and was nearly cleared for the Stanford game.
Offensive linemen Dawson Jaramillo and Kingsley Suamataia will be full-go against Cal.
Offensive lineman Jonathan Denis is out for the season. Offensive lineman Logan Sagapolu will be out for “a while” according to Cristobal, and linebacker Jaden Navarrette will also be out for “a little while.”
Freshman defensive tackle Jaylen Smith “is practicing but is gonna be a little bit,” according to Cristobal.
For running back Sean Dollars and linebacker Jackson LaDuke, Cristobal said the best-case scenario for them returning this season would be mid-November to late November.
“But that’s not a guarantee,” Cristobal said. “When you have an injury as serious as those, you just want to make sure that when they do come back they are fully healthy to continue playing healthy.”