The Oregon Ducks could be in trouble against the Nebraska Cornhuskers as the team will likely be without their star running back for the rest of the day. Royce Freeman was sent to the locker room as a potential knee injury is expected to shut him down for the rest of today’s game between the PAC-12 and Big Ten.
Freeman left the game and was reported to be on the sidelines with an ice pack on his right knee for much of the first half. Team trainers ultimately sent him to the locker room for further examination while no official diagnosis has been revealed at this time, according to Andrew Greif of The Oregonian.
In addition to Freeman heading to the locker room, the Ducks also sent left tackle Tyrell Crosby into the locker room with what appears to be another injury blow for the Oregon coaching staff to deal with on Saturday.
Freeman is considered to be one of the top running back prospects in the country and rushed for 1,838 yards with 19 total touchdowns for the Ducks last season. Those are certainly big shoes to fill if Freeman is in fact going to remain out with the potential knee injury. While already managing 294 rushing yards and four touchdowns after just two games this season, the hope is that Freeman’s injury is not terribly serious and that he can continue to build his NFL Draft credentials in what is an important junior year for the Ducks’ star.