Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix leaves with apparent right leg injury, returns for final drive in loss to Washington

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix left and returned to Saturday’s game against rival Washington with an apparent right leg injury.

Nix was 19 of 28 for 280 yards and two touchdowns and had eight carries for 55 yards and a touchdown for the No. 6 Ducks in a 37-34 loss to the No. 25 Huskies at Autzen Stadium.

“Have to get him evaluated and see where things are actually really at with him,” Oregon coach Dan Lanning said.

Nix left following a two-yard run on third and 5 as Washington safety Alex Cook tackled Nix by going for his thighs. Nix was down and went to the sidelined to be evaluated in the injury tent.

After Washington tied the game, backup Ty Thompson went in for Oregon’s next offensive drive that featured four straight runs and ended with a turnover on downs. UW took the lead via a 43-yard field goal on its ensuing possession.

“We’re going to always think about our players’ health first,” Lanning said. “At that moment we felt like Bo wasn’t able to go.”

Nix returned for Oregon’s final drive and threw back-to-back incompletions and was sacked on third down before completions of 19, 10 and 12 yards to get the ball to the UW 38. He connected with Troy Franklin for 17 yards but the receiver was called for illegal touching because he stepped out of bounds and was the first player to contact the ball after doing so.

“He came back and said, ‘Hey coach I feel like I can go,’” Lanning said. “I said, ‘Are you sure?’ The medical staff said he was good so we went back with him.”

With one second left, Nix’s final pass from the 38 fell shy over the middle.

Nix was not available postgame for the first time this season.

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