Oregon Ducks running back Thomas Tyner underwent successful shoulder surgery Friday, but he will miss the 2015 regular season as a result, his father, John, revealed.
Continue for updates.
Tyner's Father Announces Status, Comments on 2016 Season
Tuesday, Aug. 11
John Canzano of the Oregonian reported from Tyner's father that Thomas wanted to play this season but opted for surgery, adding, “He’s going to be a Duck… there is no story."
"Lingering pain and discomfort led to Tyner undergoing surgery," relayed Aaron Fentress of CSNNW.com on Aug. 9. "His father said the procedure went well and Tyner is expected to make a full recovery and return to action in 2016. John Tyner said that naturally, his son is down about missing the season but is looking forward to next year."
The shifty runner had established himself as a reliable complementary piece of the rushing attack, as his 573 yards and five touchdowns last season in a backup role proved. He's not built to take on a heavy workload, which Royce Freeman is expected to handle, but he's a spark plug capable of making big plays.
He's managed to stay healthy during his time with the Ducks despite his lack of ideal size. The only notable injuries over the past couple of years were shoulder and ankle issues he dealt with at the same time late last season.
The loss of Tyner "could force senior Byron Marshall to return to running back after he spent most of last season at wide receiver," Fentress noted. "Marshall, who led the team last season with 74 receptions and 1,003 receiving yards, in 2013 led the team with 1,038 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns."
Looking ahead to 2016, Tyner should immediately step back into his usual role once healthy.