It was expected that Mycah Pittman would contribute immediately to Oregon’s offense this coming season. Unfortunately for all involved, those contributions will have to wait.
It was confirmed over the weekend that Pittman had sustained a shoulder injury during the Ducks’ Saturday scrimmage. In a release Monday, the football program revealed that the wide receiver will miss 6-8 weeks because of the injury.
It’s unclear if Pittman will be forced to undergo surgery.
“Mycah suffered a shoulder injury while making a diving catch during Saturday’s scrimmage that will result in him missing the start of the 2019 season,” head coach Mario Cristobal said in a statement. “He is a relentless competitor who will come back stronger and ready to compete this season.”
At the short end of the timeline, Pittman will miss games against Auburn (Aug. 31), Nevada (Sept. 7), Montana (Sept. 14) and Stanford (Sept. 21). With a bye in Week 5, Pittman could also be sidelined for the Oct. 5 matchup with Cal if the rehab extends to through the long end of the timeline.
A four-star member of the Ducks’ 2019 recruiting class, Pittman was rated as the No. 15 receiver in the country; the No. 17 player at any position in the state of California; and the No. 94 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. Pittman was the highest-rated offensive signee for the Ducks this cycle.
Already looking to replace Dillion Mitchell, who set a single-season school record for receiving yards in 2018 (1,184), the Ducks have seen receivers JR Waters (HERE) and Brenden Schooler (HERE) go down with injuries in addition to Pittman. Both Waters and Schooler are dealing with foot injuries that will sideline them for 6-8 weeks as well.
It has been a rough few days for the Oregon wide receiver unit in camp. A pair of injuries to wide receivers have hampered the possible depth just a little bit to start the new college football season. Freshman wide receiver JR Waters underwent surgery for a foot injury and Mycah Pittman suffered a shoulder injury during a scrimmage this weekend, according to reports from The Oregonian.
Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal confirmed Waters will be out of action for the next four to six weeks. That timeline will keep Waters out of the mix for the season opener against Auburn in Arlington, Texas in Week 1. Being out for four weeks would make the earliest possible return for Waters come in Week 3 against Montana or the following week for the Pac-12 opener at Stanford. Being out for six weeks would mean Waters may be back for the beginning of October when Oregon hosts Cal on Oct. 5). Oregon has a bye week before facing Cal in Eugene.
Pittman’s status is unknown at this time. The Class of 2019 addition landed on his shoulder during the scrimmage while completing a catch, which Cristobal made sure to note when addressing the injury with the media. Whether he misses any practice time or game time once the season starts has not been discussed at this time.
Earlier this month, Oregon lost receiver Brenden Schooler for 6-8 weeks due to a foot injury. He is recovering from surgery to address the injury. With an NFL-hopeful quarterback in Justin Herbert leading the offense, the Ducks will hope to have their top targets on the field as quickly as possible before it potentially ends up costing them something on the field.
It wasn’t a very good day for the feet of a couple of starting Power Five wide receivers Tuesday.
First, Kentucky confirmed that Isaiah Epps would be lost for up to six weeks because of a fractured left foot. Not long after, Oregon confirmed that Brenden Schooler underwent surgery to repair an unspecified injury to one of his feet.
At the short end of the timeline, Schooler would miss the first three games of the regular season against Auburn (Aug. 31), Nevada (Sept. 7) and Montana (Sept. 14). At the long end, the fourth-year senior would also miss the Sept. 21 matchup with Stanford as a Week 5 bye would put him back for the Oct. 5 game against Cal.
“He’s not only a great player, he’s a great leader,” head coach Mario Cristobal said according to The Oregonian. “I feel terrible for him — we all do. Tremendous human being, off the charts, means a lot to the guys out there. Knowing him, he’s probably trying to squat and run today. He will try to get them back as fast as he can. He will, because he’s that type of guy. He’ll be around because his leadership is going to be needed, his mentorship in that room will be needed. Certainly, it’s a tough one to take because of what he means to this team.”
Schooler totaled 203 yards and a touchdown on 21 receptions. He’s also valuable in the third phase of the game as he has been named first-team All-Pac-12 for special teams each of the past two seasons.