Oregon Ducks practice observations: DJ Johnson fully participates, Taki Taimani limited

Oregon Ducks edge rusher DJ Johnson and nose tackle Taki Taimani were each in full pads for a second straight practice and receiver Chase Cota was among the players absent on Wednesday.

Johnson, who missed last week’s game at Cal, was a full participant during the early periods Wednesday morning at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex while Taimani was limited three days before the No. 6 Ducks (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12) host Washington on Saturday (4 p.m., FOX).

“It looked like (Johnson) played with great effort and energy today,” Oregon coach Dan Lanning said.

Cota, offensive lineman Dave Iuli and walk-on offensive lineman Kanen Rossi were absent and safety Daymon David was also not seen.

Offensive lineman Steven Jones was not in pads and center Alex Forsyth was in pads and went through a first period drill but did not take any reps during the second period blocking drill.

The second period was back to being a two-on-one blocking drill with the following matchups:

  • RT & RG vs. DE
    • Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu and Ryan Walk vs. Casey Rogers
    • Bram Walden and Faoope Laloulu vs. Keanu Williams
  • LG-C-RG vs. NT
    • Marcus Harper II, Jackson Powers-Johnson, Dawson Jaramillo vs. Jordon Riley
    • Dawson Jaramillo, Holden Whipple and Charlie Pickard vs. Sir Mells
  • LT & LG vs. DE
    • T.J. Bass and Kawika Rogers vs. Keyon Ware-Hudson
    • Josh Conerly Jr. and Marcus Harper II vs. Ben Roberts

Other observations:

  • Injured defensive linemen Sua’ava Poti (right foot), Maceal Afaese (left foot) and Popo Aumavae (right foot) all walked out to the weight room before practice.

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