Oregon St. began preparations for the Civil War, which will be at 5 PM Saturday night, on ABC, today, and the central story once again was injuries.
The good news is that the Beavers will probably have RB Storm Woods available against the second ranked and Pac-12 North Champion Oregon Ducks. Though Woods did not practice Monday, he is expected to play Saturday, according to head coach Mike Riley.
That will be important with senior Terron Ward already out with a knee injury, and now Chris Brown also being done for at least the regular season (and unless the 5-6 Beavers upset the 10-1 Ducks, there will be no bowl game possibility), with a shoulder injury suffered Saturday night in the 37-13 loss at Washington.
Freshman Damien Haskins, who played well in relief of both Woods and Brown in Seattle, will be either the backup, or potentially the #1, if Woods is limited. Fullback Tyler Anderson will fill in at tailback as needed behind Woods and Haskins.
Guard Gavin Andrews, who had a boot on his foot post-game in Seattle, still had the boot on at practice today, but Riley said the x-rays were negative, and that Andrews is probable for Saturday.
TE Connor Hamlett also didn't practice, but is also probable for the Civil War.
The absences did however scramble the units as the offense practices for the Ducks.
Defensively, DT Jalen Grimble, who aggravated the knee he injured against USC in his first game back against Washington, is listed as day-to-day, but the defense is otherwise in good shape, health-wise.
One player who won't be with the Beavers Saturday is senior kicker Trevor Romaine, who has been suspended for a 3rd time this season, and for the second time for unspecified violation of unspecified Athletic Department policies. Garrett Owens will handle all place kicking duties the rest of the way.
The defense will also be without rotation DT Brandon Bennett-Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely before the Washington game, again for unspecified violations of unspecified team rules. The lack of transparency around some of these disruptions is becoming concerning.