Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux Injures His Ankle

One of the best defensive players in the country injured his ankle on Saturday.

Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux suffered a left ankle injury in the first half of the Ducks’ game against Fresno State. Thibodeaux was able to leave the field on his own after receiving treatment from Oregon coaching staff, but never returned to the game.

He did not immediately join the team on the sidelines after half-time. When he returned to the field, he was wearing a walking boot on his left ankle and was in formal attire.

Oregon won the game 31-24 after playing the second half without their star. The Ducks tied the score at 24-24 in the fourth quarter and quarterback Anthony Brown scored TD with less than three minutes left on an option goalie in the fourth down.

Fresno State recovered the ball for a possible tying TD, but returned the ball on the downs.

Thibodeaux, a junior, entered the season as possibly one of the top five picks in the 2022 NFL Draft and a preseason All-American. A former five-star rookie, Thibodeaux has 42 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks in seven sophomore games in 2020.

He was the best rookie Oregon coach Mario Cristobal recruited for the Ducks during his tenure. Thibodeaux was the No. 6 player in the country and the No. 1 defensive end in the class of 2019 according to Rivals.

We will know more from Cristobal after the game on Thibodeaux’s status. If he’s out for an extended period, it will be a blow to Oregon’s hopes to repeat themselves as the Pac-12 champions. The Ducks beat USC in the 2020 Pac-12 title game and lost to Iowa State in the Fiesta Bowl.

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