Willie Taggart: Royce Freeman will play ‘whenever Royce wants to play’

Oregon RB Royce Freeman left the Ducks’ 45-24 victory over California with an undisclosed injury, though it was thought to be a shoulder issue.

Freeman is officially listed as “day-to-day”; however, coach Willie Taggart says that whenever Royce wants to come back, he’ll come back. He also added that Freeman is just “built differently.”

Freeman gained 51 yards on 6 carries against Cal and was feeling good. In fact, Oregon RB coach Donte’ Pimpleton said Freeman wanted to go back into the Cal game.

“He really wanted to come back in and play,” Pimpleton said, per Scout.com. “But it was in his best interest not to. But he wanted to go. He was feeling good and rolling. He wanted to come back and play.”

As of Wednesday morning, Freeman was on the practice field.

The Ducks could use Freeman in the lineup on Saturday as the team hosts a red-hot Washington State team that is fresh off a win over USC. Oregon found success on the ground without Freeman, with Kani Benoit and Tony Brooks-James gaining a combined 224 rushing yards.

Oregon is without QB Justin Herbert who is out 4-6 with a broken collarbone, which makes Freeman’s availability even more of a pressing issue.

Oregon hosts No. 11 Washington State in Eugene, Ore. at 5 p.m. PT on FOX.

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