The Ducks got devastating news Tuesday morning when it was announced that starting freshman left tackle Penei Sewell would be out for six weeks.
Sewell suffered the high ankle injury in the second quarter against Washington this past weekend. He briefly left the game and went to the locker room but returned in the second half for a bit before leaving the game for good.
“Penei is a relentless competitor and I have no doubt he’ll return better than ever,” Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said Tuesday via release.
Before the injury, Sewell was the first true freshman to start a season opener on the offensive line for Oregon since 1997. According to Pro Football Focus, Sewell is the No. 6 rated offensive tackle in the game and the top in offensive lineman in the Pac-12.
"He just stood out as a guy who flashes tremendous potential," Cristobal said of Sewell earlier this season. "He’s more than just potential, he’s doing it now.. he’s playing beyond his years with a physicality that’s hard to match."
Junior George Moore and freshman Steven Jones are the listed backups for Sewell but it’s expected that Oregon will go with a different lineup. Right tackle Calvin Throckmorton will probably slide over to left tackle and junior Brady Aiello will take over for Throckmorton — this is what the Ducks did when Sewell went down.
The timeline for Sewell’s return is unknown as the Ducks face Oregon State on November 23. That’s five and a half weeks away, just before Sewell is expected to return.
The Ducks travel to Pullman, Wash, this weekend when they face No. 25 Washington State. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. and will air on FOX.