Oregon Football: Have Injuries Already Derailed Ducks' Season?

Joe PenkalaCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2012

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 08:  Josh Huff, #1, of the University of Oregon Ducks stands with crutches, after being injured, during the second half against Fresno State Bulldogs at Autzen Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)
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Two weeks into the college football season, and the Oregon Ducks have already been dealt some serious blows that threaten to derail a bid for a fourth straight conference title. 

After the Fresno State game, the Ducks defense suffered a setback as they lost senior safety John Boyett for the season. It was announced that Boyett is going to require surgery on both of his knees to repair partial tears of both patellar tendons (via ESPN).

The problems didn't stop there.

The Ducks offense received their blow when senior guard Carson York announced that he would miss the rest of the season after re-aggravating the injury to his patella tendon that he suffered in the Rose Bowl (via Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian).

It continued.

Before the Fresno State game came to an end, Josh Huff suffered an injury to his leg, and while it doesn't appear to be season-ending, the Ducks saw what happened when his play was limited by a nagging injury last year. 

So after two games, the Ducks have lost some key starters. It makes you wonder if the injuries will be too much to overcome.

Is it too much? No.

Coming into the season, the Ducks were deep along the offensive line, and this opening month of football has allowed players to see a lot of playing time as they prepare for conference play. 

Still, the loss of Boyett is big. Boyett was a team leader who was key in stopping the run and pass. Luckily, the front seven have the talent to step up and take the pressure off the secondary.

The Ducks need Josh Huff to return and be healthy. During the 2011 season, they had Huff all year long but never saw him play at full strength.

For now, the Ducks play Tennessee Tech and follow it up with a home date against Arizona that no longer appears to be as easy as some believed. 

During this week's game, the Ducks must remain focused and understand that injuries happen. This team, however, they have the depth and talent to overcome these two blows. 

Joe Penkala is a B/R National Featured Columnist who covers college football. You can contact him on Twitter.