Senior Oregon St. Quarterback Lyle Moevao had defensive lineman Matt LaGrone fall on the back of his right foot. As a result, the Beavers' #2 QB is on crutches, and scheduled for an MRI this afternoon.
Coach Mike Riley said he may know after practice if Moevao will be out for an extended period.
Can you believe that? I feel bad for him.
The injury elevates redshirt freshman QB Ryan Katz to the #2 spot on the depth chart until further notice, and Peter Lalich to #3. Riley said he would try hard to not play Lalich, who is red-shirting, in order to not lose a year's eligibility.
The MRI revealed ligament damage that will require surgery Friday, and keep Moeavo out for the season, including any bowl game.
Moeavo, who won 11 games as a starter, before suffering a shoulder injury that required rotator-cuff surgery, has only been in for one play this season.
Riley indicated that Oregon St. will again pursue a medical hardship year for Moevao, but also conceded that there is probably little chance of making a successful appeal. "It's really, really hard,'' said Riley.
It's almost one of those hard-to-believe things ... he's worked so hard to be almost ready to go, to step onto the field at some point, and I don't think he's going to be able to play again.
Moeavo, who said he would "definitely be interested in coming back" if another year of eligibility were to be granted, reflected on the events that have befallen him.
This would probably be the worst thing to happen, just to go out like this, to finish your career like this. I don't think any player wants to finish off his career as a senior coming back from off-season surgery, and then you get hit with another injury and that's it. It's one of those things that really tests you.
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