The Oregon Ducks have lost 4 of their past 5 games without starting QB Justin Herbert. The sophomore QB broke his collarbone on Sept. 30 against California and was expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks with the injury. He has practiced for the last couple of weeks and coach Willie Taggart says Herbert getting healthy.
“It’s healing really good,” Taggart said, per Tyson Alger of The Oregonian. “It was about six to eight weeks of healing process. This is Week 6. Next week will be Week 7. He’s coming along.”
The Ducks will host Arizona on Nov. 18 in Eugene. With Herbert’s participation in practice and the timetable given, it is reasonable to expect Oregon fans will push for Herbert to start for the Ducks and help the offense get back on track. However, Taggart has not decided whether or not Herbert will play. The situation is clearly fluid and the coaching staff does not want Herbert to come back before he’s ready.
“We’ll check and see where it is next week,” Taggart told The Oregonian. “Ability-wise, he can go out and play. He could have played last week. With his bone healing, we want to make sure we do right by him and not go too early and have him re-injure himself. He has a heck of a future ahead of him and you don’t want to affect that as much as you want to win. You want to make sure you do right by the young man.”
Before his injury, Herbert was having a spectacular sophomore campaign. He completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 1264 yards, 9 TDs and 2 INTs.
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