CJ Verdell injury update: Oregon RB leaves Stanford game with leg issue

No. 3 Oregon lost its top running back, CJ Verdell, to an apparent lower-leg injury in the third quarter of its Pac-12 game Saturday at Stanford.

Verdell was carted off to the locker room after being examined inside the Ducks’ sideline injury tent. He was hurt late in the period as Oregon was driving for what turned out to be a game-tying field goal. 

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The junior scored a rushing touchdown earlier in the quarter as Oregon began to mount a rally. He gained 76 yards from scrimmage (63 rushing, 13 receiving) total before leaving the game. He is up to 477 scrimmage yards in five games.  

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Verdell’s biggest game this season came in Week 2 at Ohio State. He rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns while also catching three passes for 34 yards and a score as the Ducks upended the Buckeyes 35-28.

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Travis Dye figures to receive the bulk of the carries for Oregon in Verdell’s absence. Dye had nine rushes prior to Verdell being hurt.  

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