Oregon senior linebacker Troy Dye’s right knee was wrapped for the Ducks’ Rose Bowl practice in Los Angeles on Sunday. His right knee was not wrapped during Saturday’s practice.
For the 15 minutes media is allowed to watch practice, Oregon’s leading tackler participated in drills but did seem to be favoring the wrapped leg. Dye is already wearing a cast on his right hand for his broken thumb, an injury he suffered at Washington.
No players or coaches have commented. The media has not been able to ask about the latest development because Sunday morning's media availability occurred before practice.
The Southern California-Native has his right hand back in time for the biggest game of his Duck career, the 106th Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin (10-3) on Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.
The “Granddaddy of them All” will be Dye and the rest of the senior class’ finale as members of the Oregon Ducks. It's a chance to earn their most substantial win in green and yellow. A victory over the Big Ten opponent would give the Pac-12 Champion Ducks 12 wins this season and scratch out another bucket list item for Dye’s sensational senior season.
Man, I'll tell you what, I look back and it was totally worth it coming back for this senior season because there's moments that I've created and there's relationships that I've built over this past 11 months that are unbreakable and there's things that I've done that you can't take back: Undefeated at home, winning the Pac-12 Championship, beating Stanford and Washington on the road, USC on the road, it's great to check those things off the bucket list and just keep moving forward and there's one more to go, try to just finish off strong to a strong beginning. -Troy Dye
In 2019, Dye’s senior tour has featured 75 tackles with 9.5 for loss including 2.5 sacks, six pass breakups and two interceptions on one of Oregon’s strongest defenses in history.