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Tag:Kenjon Barner Injury
Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:45 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 5:25 pm
 

Oregon RB Barner's recovery progressing

Posted by Chip Patterson

A little less than a month ago, Oregon saw backup running back Kenjon Barner carted off the field after getting leveled on a kickoff return against Washington State.  His return to the practice field last week was impressive, though his limited participation made it seem as though his playing days were still a bit down the road for the speedy sophomore.  Head coach Chip Kelly has not confirmed or denied any date for Barner's possible return to the playing field, but reports from practice seem encouraging for Ducks fans.

John Hunt, of The Oregonian, reported significant improvements from Monday's practice for Barner.  He still has been wearing a non-contact jersey, but has been in full pads and increased participation with the new week.  It is no secret that Oregon's top-ranked offense has been effective, even without Barner in the lineup.  

But with Barner's ability to spell starting running back LaMichael James, as well as returning kicks for the special teams unit, the Ducks are a much better football team with him on the field.  As strong as this Oregon team has looked this season, it would be a colossal disappointment to see the season lost on account of a late season upset loss.  Barner back in the lineup gives them as good a chance as any to make sure that does not happen.
Posted on: October 9, 2010 8:34 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 9:05 pm
 

Oregon's Barner in stable condition after big hit

Posted by Chip Patterson

Oregon running back Kenjon Barner gave the Ducks a scare as he laid motionless on the field after a hard hit on a kick return in the first quarter of Oregon's 43-23 victory over the Washington State Cougars on Saturday in Pullman.  Barner was returning the kick after the Cougars' first touchdown when he got leveled by Washington State cornerback Anthony Carpenter and coughed the ball up deep inside his own 10 yard line.  Barner laid on the field for almost ten minutes before walking himself to the stretcher with some assistance.  He was later transported to the hospital in an ambulance and is currently undergoing tests and listed in stable condition.

The Ducks also lost starting quarterback Darron Thomas to a shoulder injury in the second quarter.  Thomas went to the locker room briefly after the injury, but later returned to the sideline.  Thomas was replaced by backup senior Nate Costa, who finished the game for the Ducks.  Costa completed 13 of 15 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown in the most action he has seen since the season opener against New Mexico.  

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