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Oregon State offers up some health updates ahead of Stanford game

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The Oregon State Beavers were hobbled in last week's loss to Utah, playing without starting quarterback Tristan Gebbia and star running back Jermanr Jefferson. 

To make matters worse, the Beavers lost running back BJ Baylor and wide receiver Champ Flemings in that game as well. 

Utah picked up the 30-24 victory and Oregon State limped back to Corvallis. 

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Once back home it was back to the grind to prepare to host the Stanford Cardinal. 

On the bright side, a few important offensive pieces could be back on the field.

Jermar Jefferson, who missed last week's game due to COVID-19 related protocols, will be back. There is no doubt the Beavers offense can use the best back in the conference taking handoffs again. 

Jefferson's backup, BJ Baylor, left Saturday's game early with a shoulder injury and while he has been limited in practice, Coach Smith sounded optimistic about his status. "We'll kinda see how he progresses, see how he feels, really, Saturday. Another day of treatment. He took some reps but he was limited today."

Getting those two healthy would be a big plus for Oregon State, but that might be where the possible good news ends for the Beavers. 

Wide receivers Champ Flemings and Trayvon Bradford both left Salt Lake City banged up and both might miss this week's game as a result. 

 

Coach Smith said that Flemings did not practice on Thursday and that he considers him "doubtful" for the game against Stanford.

As for Bradford, Coach Smith said, "We will find out. He's a little bit better than Champ, but he's still not 100% healthy."

Without just one of those two, the Beavers passing game takes a big hit. Missing both of them would be a major blow. 

On the defensive end, the Beavers will remain without defensive back David Morris. Morris has played just one game the season, the opener against Washington State, but has missed time due to COVID-19 protocols. 

Coach Smith said Morris is healthy, but that he will not return this season. "His plan is to kinda get locked in and be back in January."

Morris isn't the only player that will miss a majority of the season. Starting quarterback Tristan Gebbia, who injured his hamstring in the rivalry game against the Ducks, will be out for an extended period. 

Gebbia had successful surgery this week said Coach Smith, but Smith made sure to note that it would be a long recovery process. "This ain't short-term. We're at talking months, not weeks. Hopeful for maybe part of spring ball."

Hopefully the Beavers get a few bodies back to take on the Cardinal and don't lose any more along the way.

Kickoff is set for 7:30pm Saturday at Reser Stadium.