Report: Oregon QB Justin Herbert suffered broken collarbone vs. Cal

According to Jen Beyrle, of the Oregonian, it has been confirmed that Oregon QB Justin Herbert did break his collarbone in the Ducks 42-24 win over Cal Saturday. How long Herbert will be out is still unknown, though it is possible he will miss the remainder of the season.

Beyrle tweeted this after the game:

Herbert was injured on a 7-yard TD run in the first quarter, when he took on several Cal defenders on the way to the end zone.

It was a designed run called by Willie Taggart.

We will continue to update this story as more information is provided. 


After Oregon Ducks sophomore QB Justin Herbert left the game after being injured in the first quarter Saturday vs. Cal, fans began fearing the worst. Twitter was chock full of unconfirmed reports that the star signal-caller had broken his clavicle and would be out indefinitely.

The rumors had even filtered down to some of the Ducks players, as reported by Andrew Greif of the Oregonian, who posted this on Twitter:

Greif also tweeted during the game that trainers were looking at Herbert’s shoulder area on the sidelines:

After the game, Coach Willie Taggart told reporter that he did not have any updates on Herbert, per Erik Skopil of Duck Territory:

Though there has been no confirmation of the extent of Herbert’s injury, if true, the news is obviously devastating to the Ducks, as Herbert had emerged as one of the best young quarterbacks in the nation.

Through the first four games of this season, he had thrown for 1,178 yards, 8 TDs and only 2 interceptions. He ranked in the Top 20 nationally in completion percentage (66.9), passing yards and QB rating.

After Herbert left the game, he was replaced by senior Taylor Alie. However, Alie was also injured and left the game in the second half, forcing coach Willie Taggart to burn the redshirt year of freshman Braxton Burmeister, who saw his first action of the season.

If Herbert is forced to miss significant time (and a broken collarbone would almost certainly be a season-ending injury), it’s a huge blow to a resurgent Ducks team that is now 4-1 and has a revitalized program under Taggart.

Despite the 45-24 win over Cal, it was a night to forget for the Ducks. In addition to Herbert going down, star running back Royce Freeman also left the game and did not return. Starting tight end Jacob Breeland missed the game as well with an undisclosed injury. Senior wide receiver Charles Nelson, who missed last week’s game vs. Arizona State, is still out with a sprained ankle he suffered vs. Wyoming two weeks ago.

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