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Beavers Will Be Without Terron Ward To Finish Regular Season

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Oregon St.'s Terron Ward will miss the rest of the regular season.
Oregon St.'s Terron Ward will miss the rest of the regular season.
(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon St. will be without their leading rusher for the rest of the regular season. Head Coach Mike Riley announced today that senior tailback Terron Ward has a knee injury, a torn meniscus, suffered later in Saturday night's comeback 35-27 win over then 10th ranked Arizona St.

It's not a major injury, and if the Beavers can win either Saturday night in Seattle against Washington, or the week after, in the Civil War against Oregon, and become bowl eligible, Ward would probably have 1 more game in his collegiate career. But Oregon St. will have to go it without Ward the rest of the month.

Ward had run for 696 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, including a game high 148 yards, and a 65 yard touchdown on 19 carries against the Darkness Devils.

Storm Woods and Chris Brown will split the bulk of the workload out of the backfield for the Beavers, and Damien Haskins could get some additional carries as well.

"Terron is a good football player," Riley said. "He is all over the place on our team, so when you lose a guy like that, it takes about (three) guys to replace him. But we have those three good guys, so we'll be all right."

In better news, senior CB Steven Nelson, who had to leave Saturday night's game after a hard landing after a collision with Arizona St.'s Jaelen Strong, who also wasn't able to continue, should be good to go against the Huskies.

Nelson was at practice Monday, though he didn't work in 11 on 11 drills, and did some work on the side.

Riley also said there's a chance DT Jalen Grimble could finally get back on the field in Seattle, after being out with a knee injury since the USC game. Grimble had hoped to get in on the Arizona St. upset, but was a late week scratch.

Beaver (and Duck) fans probably won't learn the time for the Civil War until this weekend, probably during the course of Saturday's games, as none of the networks committed to the coverage today in the 12 day window. The odds of at least a late afternoon time slot improved a little though when Fox 1 picked up the Apple Cup, for a 7:30 PM start in Pullman. (And you thought it was cold in Reser last Saturday night.)

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com