Coach Chip Kelly doesn't discuss injuries, but if he did, there would be a lot to talk about.
Oregon lost two of its top seniors for the season this week and a handful of other players are banged up as the Ducks prepare to host Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
"We don't talk about it, ever," Kelly said of the injuries. "We're going next man in, if we have to go next man in. That's how we've been, I think it's helped us as a team, and we'll always continue to do that."
However, two of his players confirmed in the aftermath of Saturday's 42-25 win over Fresno State that they would miss the rest of the season.
All-American senior safety John Boyett missed the FSU game and announced on Sunday that he would have season-ending surgery on both knees. Offensive lineman Carson York, who suffered a serious knee injury in the Rose Bowl, returned to play in Oregon's first two games but suffered a broken kneecap against Fresno State and will need season-ending surgery.
Boyett will be replaced by junior Avery Patterson, who made his third career start on Saturday.
"I'm definitely prepared," Patterson said. "I have practiced all spring and all fall camp, so I got the reps. I am prepared to step up; this is my time. I have been prepared since day one of fall camp."
York and Boyett were key figures during Oregon's three straight Pac-12 Conference championships as both started 36 games in their career.
- Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is 36-6 as head coach at Oregon, but the Ducks are 2-0 for only the second time during his tenure. Oregon lost its opener in 2009 and 2011. The only other year Oregon started 2-0 under Kelly was 2010 when Oregon went to the BCS National Championship Game.
- Oregon has scored 30 or more points in 15 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in the country behind Oklahoma State's 17 straight games. The Ducks are 34-2 when scoring 30 or more points under coach Chip Kelly.
- Oregon heads into its final nonconference game of the year with a 33-6 record against nonconference opponents during the regular season since 2000. Oregon is 5-0 against FCS teams like this week's opponent, Tennessee Tech.