Oregon Ducks optimistic sacks leader DJ Johnson, several other injured players could return against Washington

The Oregon Ducks could have several of their top playmakers back against Washington.

Edge rusher DJ Johnson, who leads the Ducks with six sacks this season, receiver Chase Cota, nose tackle Taki Taimani, offensive lineman Steven Jones and running back Jordan James did not play in last week’s win at Colorado. But Oregon coach Dan Lanning is optimistic that Johnson, Taimani, Jones and James will return on Saturday when Oregon hosts Washington (4 p.m., FOX).

“Taki was able to get out there and do a little bit today,” Lanning said Monday night. “We’ll see what he looks like moving forward. Chase is still going through that process but we’ll see. … I feel like(Johnson, Jones and James) will be available. I know Steven’s been working his way back, but I think they’re getting closer and closer. Steve was able to get some work in today.”

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