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Torn ACL claims Oregon OL Johnstone for 2014

Byron Marshall, Tyler Johnstone

Another hour, another injury update involving a torn ACL. For Oregon left tackle Tyler Johnstone, it is the worst case of déjà vu. Johnstone re-injured his ACL ligament in his right knee last week and will undergo surgery later this week to begin treating the injury. The injury and surgery will keep Johnstone from playing in 2014 for the Pac-12 favorites. Comcast Sportsnet Northwest was first to report the injury news.

This is extra troubling because it is the same knee that was injured in Oregon’s Alamo Bowl victory at the end of the 2013 season. He was hoping to be able to be back to full strength for the 2014 season opener. As recently as Oregon’s media day, Johnstone was optimistic about making the start of the season. Oregon was getting Johnstone to slowly work back into the mix in practices, which is typical for players coming off ACL injuries. It was during a non-contact drill involving pass blocking when Johnstone heard a pop in his knee early in Oregon’s fall camp.

This leaves the Ducks with a big hole on the offensive line that now needs to be filled. Oregon is losing a three-year starter in Johnstone, and the experience lost with the injury cannot be overstated. The good news for the offensive line is Oregon still returns the rest of the starters from the end of last season, so the unit as a whole should still be in relatively good shape, and there appears to be a pretty suitable stand-in ready to go. As suggested by the report, Oregon will likely turn to redshirt junior Andre Yruretagoyena (I triple checked the spelling on that one) to fill the void left by Johnstone at left tackle. Yruretagoyena measures in at 6′ 5″ and 290 pounds, so the Ducks appear to have quite the plug to use.

This has been a busy day for injury news. Texas quarterback Miles Onyegblue broke the news about his torn ACL, USC has announced linebacker Jabari Ruffin has been lost for the year with a torn ACL, and Penn State has announced tight end Adam Breneman (who suffered a torn ACL in 2012) has been sidelined indefinitely with an undisclosed injury.

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5 Responses to “Torn ACL claims Oregon OL Johnstone for 2014”
  1. shaunodame says: Aug 11, 2014 2:52 PM

    Camp Casualties… the hits just keep on coming

  2. dhardy8207 says: Aug 11, 2014 2:52 PM

    Lots of ACL injuries this preseason. Always tough to see these things happen before they even hit the field for the official season. Hope he has a speedy and complete recovery….

  3. squackduckhawk says: Aug 11, 2014 3:36 PM

    That makes me feel bad for Johnstone. He has been a sold contributor for a few years now. The nice thi g about our system is that just about every person on our roster gets reps in every single game so there is a true next-man-up culture. I hope things go well for Tyler in recovery. It would be nice to have him back for playoffs but that seems unlikely.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 11, 2014 5:06 PM

    It’s like we went from daily arrest notices to daily ACL notices….

  5. longborer69 says: Aug 12, 2014 5:33 AM

    Heartbreaking. Such a nice guy. I mean, it’s sad when anyone gets hurt, but it just seems worse, for some reason, when it is such a good guy.

    Sure, Andre is big, and he’ll do well for us. But this hurts. We have Michigan State early. They have a great defensive line, but quite a bit of changeover and unlikely to have gelled together really by early September. Our O-line was experienced and used to playing together, one of the best in the country. I expected us to win most of those line battles, not necessarily because of a talent edge but because our guys should be working together better at that early stage in the season.

    Andre has played, too, but not as much. It partially undercuts one of our big advantages over MSU. You really don’t want to be down any starters when facing Shilique Calhoun.

    And of course, at the pace we play, any hits to our depth hurt, anyway. Perhaps if we score within five plays on every possession our offensive line won’t get tired. For some reason, I don’t expect that against MSU, Stanford, or UCLA. Big loss for us.

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