The injury count continues to rise for Oregon.
Next on the list is sophomore running back Taj Griffin, who is out for the season with a knee injury suffered this week at practice, according to sources. Also, according to a source, senior wide receiver Dwayne Stanford won't play again. He has been out since injuring his leg Oct. 1 at Washington State.
Griffin has had a quiet season as the team's No. 4 running back, but his speed would have been useful today against a strong Stanford defense when the Ducks (3-6, 1-5 Pac-12) host the Cardinal (6-3, 4-3) at 1 p.m. at Autzen Stadium.
Last season at Stanford, Griffin scored on a 49-yard touchdown reception during Oregon's 38-36 upset victory.
Griffin has not delivered many such big plays this season. He has just 89 receiving yards and 183 rushing yards compared to last year when he gained 162 and 570, respectively.
Oregon has suffered numerous serious injuries this season. Junior left tackle Tyrell Crosby and redshirt junior wide receiver Devon Allen were lost for the season earlier in the year. Senior linebacker Johnny Ragin III, also ruled out for the season earlier this year, will try to play today against Stanford.
Another dozen or so key players for UO have missed significant time with injuries.
Griffin, unfortunately, is no stranger to knee injuries. He suffered a season-ending knee injury his senior year at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga. Sources were not sure if he injured the same knee this week.
The good news is that Griffin, with any luck, should have enough time to rehabilitate in time to return to action next season.