On Wednesday afternoon, I spoke briefly with a member of the Oregon Duck organization concerning the health of three injured Ducks: Kiko Alonso, Dion Jordan and Colt Lyerla. In response, he said they were all participating in practice and confidently stated that the trio of players would be ready to go against the Trojans Saturday, in Southern California.
Alonso, who apparently injured his wrist against Arizona State, had surgery soon after the injury occurred and has been wearing a cast ever since. Alonso has been a force on the field in 2012, leading the hard nosed Duck defense in solo tackles (32), tackles for loss (eight) and also chipping in two interceptions.
Dion Jordan, who is projected to go in the first few rounds of the NFL Draft, went down in the first half of the Oregon-Colorado game with a right shoulder injury. Jordan is tied as sack leader with five, and second on the season in tackles for loss with 7.5.
On the offensive side of things, Colt Lyerla walked to the locker room just before half of the Arizona state game with an apparent leg injury. He is leading the Ducks with four touchdown receptions on only 12 targets this season. Lyerla is a very versatile player that is used in many aspects of Chip Kelly's offense.
Even though Oregon is known for its depth, these three key players make a huge difference when on the field. They bring experience and leadership that the Ducks will need against a very lethal USC team.