One of the best offensive players in the nation ended up watching from the sidelines in street clothes Saturday. After injuring his leg in the second quarter against Nebraska, Oregon running back Royce Freeman was not able to return.
Freeman was looked at for a while on the sideline by team doctors. He then made his way into the locker room and eventually returned to the sidelines in street clothes.
Injury bug biting the Ducks today – Royce Freeman in street clothes on the sideline, OL Tyrell Crosby also out, Brenden Schooler left in 3rd
— Oregon Duck FB News (@DuckFBNews) September 17, 2016
The extent of the injury is not known at this time, per Tyson Alger of OregonLive.com. But the fact that Freeman was not able to return to such a critical game, especially with his team trailing on the road, is not a great sign.
Freeman had some success against Nebraska before his injury, rushing for 31 yards on five carries. He came into the contest averaging 9.2 yards per carry and had scored four times on the ground.