The status of Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and offensive linemen Ryan Walk and Alex Forsyth for this week’s game against Utah is unclear.
Oregon coach Dan Lanning declined to share any updates on Nix, who briefly left last week’s game with a right leg injury but returned for UO’s final drive, or Walk or Forsyth, who left with right foot and right shoulder injuries, respectively.
“We came away dinged in that game,” Lanning said Monday night. “I will say that I feel a lot more positive today getting to hear some news on where things are at right now.”
Walk suffered an apparent right foot injury during the first quarter of Saturday’s loss to Washington when he got rolled up on by UO tight end Moliki Matavao and did not return. The sixth-year senior had a walking boot on his right foot while on the sideline during the second half.
Forsyth was playing through an apparent right shoulder injury and left the game at the start of UO’s final possession and did not return.
Jackson Powers-Johnson initially took over at right guard before moving to center and Faoope Laloulu came in at right guard.
If Walk or Forsyth can’t play for No. 12 Oregon (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) against No. 10 Utah on Saturday (7:30 p.m., ESPN), Powers-Johnson would be the first man in for either spot and Laloulu and Dawson Jaramillo would likely follow.
“Feeling better about our health this week,” Lanning said. “That being said, that’s why you practice. That’s why you go through so many situations. That’s why you have your third guy at center take snaps and practice that throughout the week. But as well know, when you practice at multiple positions it makes it harder for you to develop at one. I’m proud of the guys that got plugged into some situations, some tough situations, getting thrown in in the fourth quarter somewhere different, having to snap in that environment in a unique spot is certainly a challenge. I think our guys handled that challenge well and just like me, I know several of them wish one play would have gone one way or another.”