Status of Oregon Ducks’ Chase Cota, Taki Taimani, Steven Jones against Colorado ‘to be determined’

The playing status of Oregon Ducks receiver Chase Cota, nose tackle Taki Taimani and offensive lineman Steven Jones is undetermined for this week’s game at Colorado.

Oregon coach Dan Lanning said the status of the three injured players is “to be determined” as of Monday night as the No. 8 Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) begin preparing to take on the Buffaloes on Saturday (12:30 p.m., ESPN).

“All those guys are working to get back,” Lanning said. “Don’t know how long some of those will go. We’ll kind of wait and see. Don’t want to guess too early.”

Cota was tackled awkwardly after a six-yard catch on third and 10 with about 9:00 to go in the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Cal and did not return to the field. The senior was on the sideline in street clothes during the second half.

After the game Cota tweeted, “Gonna be alright Duck fans, see you soon!! 🫶”

Dont’e Thornton filled in for Cota, who is second on the team with 24 catches for 319 yards and a touchdown.

Taimani suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Oregon’s win over UCLA and didn’t practice last Tuesday or Wednesday or travel with the Ducks to Cal. The fifth-year junior has seven tackles with 0.5 for loss and a pass breakup this season.

Jones has missed the last six games due to a left foot injury. He was no longer in a walking boot during the UCLA game, returned to the practice field for limited stretching on Oct. 26 and traveled to be on the sideline at Cal.

The Oregonian/OregonLive will update this story.

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