By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert is currently in concussion protocol. Wide receiver Dillon Mitchell also is in concussion protocol.
Herbert — who could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft — and Mitchell suffered concussions in Saturday’s loss to the Arizona Wildcats. The signal-callers diagnosis is shocking because there was no mention that he suffered an injury in the game.
Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal is unsure of when exactly he was injured. He told OregonLive.com that it might have been at the end of the game.
“It looks like that might have been the point, but not being a doctor, I can never comment on exactly when,” Cristobal said. “But anytime someone seems to have taken on a hit, we’re always going to take the highest level standard in terms of assessing guys to make sure safety is at the forefront, the priority.”
This is huge news because Herbert would have to pass concussion protocol before Saturday’s game against the UCLA Bruins on FOX. He is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country — and the top quarterback, who is draft-eligible for the 2019 draft.
If Herbert cannot play if his concussion lingers, Braxton Burmeister will get the call to play against the Bruins.
Mitchell left the game in the second half after taking a hard hit.
Herbert has gone 155-of-260 for 2,069 yards in eight games. He also has a career-high 20 yards and six interceptions.
Mitchell has 48 receptions for 677 yards through eight games, including four touchdowns. He had one carry for five yards.
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