Oregon’s self-inflicted 35-32 loss to Nebraska became retroactively worse Monday when it was revealed speedy wideout Devon Allen has been lost for the year due to an ACL injury, according to a report from Duck Territory.
The injury came on a non-contact play as Allen attempted to cover a punt during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s tilt, and Duck Territory reports Oregon’s medical staff feared an ACL injury at the time.
Allen will be evaluated again Monday, according to the site.
If it is indeed an ACL tear for Allen, that’s the second such injury in less than two calendar years. He first tore an ACL during the Ducks’ Rose Bowl win over Florida State on Jan. 1, 2015.
Head coach Mark Helfrich addressed the injury Sunday by not addressing it.
“We don’t have any confirmations, which obviously is not a good thing,” Helfrich said. “We’re going to have to wait until tomorrow [Monday]. We’ve got some preliminary stuff on a few guys, but nothing concrete.”
Allen has a lot riding on his knees after winning the U.S. trials in the 110-meter hurdles before going on to finish fifth at the Rio Olympics.
The junior has caught 54 passes for 919 yards and eight scores in his career.
Update: The program has confirmed the injury to Allen and offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby.