Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas is apparently being ruled out of Oregon's Week 6 game against Colorado after suffering an ankle injury on Saturday against Cal. The star running back injured his ankle on the opening kickoff in the Ducks' 55-16 win over Cal Saturday, and did not return to the game.
His official status is questionable, but observation indicates his recovery isn't being rushed:
De'Anthony Thomas practiced today but not 100 percent. Indications are that he is out for Colorado. pic.twitter.com/4b4QeCvPeg— Aaron J. Fentress (@AaronJFentress) October 1, 2013
He was wearing a walking boot and pads while talking with media Tuesday.
On Sunday, Thomas suggested on Twitter that the injury was not severe.
THEY GOT LUCKY LAST NIGHT I WAS READY TO PERFORM LAST NIGHT BUT ITS ALL GOOD THO ILL BE SOON AND MORE DEADLY#BELIEVEDAT #RUNDAT— DE'ANTHONY THOMAS (@EATBLACKMOMBA6) September 29, 2013
DONT THINK ABOUT IT TO MUCH#RUNDAT— DE'ANTHONY THOMAS (@EATBLACKMOMBA6) September 29, 2013
The junior has gained a reputation as one of the most explosive players in college football, and entered the season widely considered as a Heisman candidate. As a freshman in 2011, he averaged more than ten yards per carry, and has scored 16 total touchdowns in each of his two seasons at Oregon.
In the three games before his injury, Thomas had 42 carries for 338 yards (an 8.1 average) with six touchdowns. The Ducks travel to Colorado Saturday to face the Buffaloes.