The fate of Ducks defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who is arguably the most talented player on the field, is the biggest topic in the Oregon-Ohio State game.
Thibodeaux, who is ranked seventh by Sporting News ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft, appears to have rolled his ankle in the Ducks’ season-opening win over Fresno State in Week 1. Coaches decided not to endanger his health by removing him from the game; he remained the remainder of the day in street clothes as Oregon battled to a 31-24 victory.
Thibodeaux proved why he was one of SN’s top prospects in his limited time on the field, recording two tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. But there’s still the question of whether he’ll be able to play against No. 3 Ohio State.
In a 45-31 win against Minnesota, Ohio State is breaking in a first-year starter in quarterback C.J. Stroud, who had some minor timing and accuracy concerns with his receivers. The Ducks’ ability to put pressure on him will determine how effective they are in Columbus. But, ahead of Saturday’s game, coach Mario Cristobal was evasive about Thibodeaux’s status, casting doubt on whether he will be able to play in the showcase showdown.
Here’s all you need to know about Thibodeaux’s injury and whether or not he’ll be available for Saturday’s game:
Will Kayvon Thibodeaux play against Ohio State?
Thibodeaux will sit out Saturday’s game against Ohio State. The coaching staff appears to be taking its time with his recuperation, as they don’t want to jeopardize his long-term health as a projected top-10 choice in the 2022 NFL Draft. When he arrived on the team bus, he appeared to be walking properly, but reports prior of Saturday’s game said he was wearing street clothes and a walking boot on the sidelines at Ohio Stadium:
Unfortunately for the Ducks, he isn’t the only playmaker on the defensive side of the ball. Justin Flowe, the No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 6 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, will miss Saturday’s game as well. He recorded 14 tackles versus Georgia, which was yet another major setback for the Ducks’ defense.
What is Kayvon Thibodeaux’s injury?
Thibodeaux rolled his ankle against Fresno State in Week 1. A 2-10 day recovery time is typical for such an injury.
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