Oregon’s no good, very bad, horrible stretch of the season is on the verge of getting worse.
Speaking to the media on Monday afternoon, Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal confirmed the news that starting quarterback Justin Herbert and star receiver Dillon Mitchell are both undergoing concussion protocol following the team’s loss to Arizona on Saturday — putting both in jeopardy of missing Chip Kelly’s return to Eugene this weekend with UCLA coming to Autzen Stadium.
Herbert had one of his worst games as a starter against the Wildcats (24-of-48, 186 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) and was met near the goal line on a scramble on the final series of the game by several defenders in a big collision. He stayed in the game for one more play and threw an incomplete pass on fourth down as Oregon suffered their second Pac-12 loss in a row.
Mitchell, who led the team in receiving down in Tucson, left earlier in the game after taking a hard hit near the sideline.
If Herbert is unable to go, freshman Tyler Shough could be in line to make his first start with the team. Sophomore Braxton Burmeister does have game experience after replacing Herbert last season and could also be an option but just recently returned to practice after having knee surgery.