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Oregon WR Troy Franklin playing through shoulder injury in Pac-12 title game vs. Washington

The Ducks receiver took a big hit on a third down play, but has returned.

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Wide receiver Troy Franklin of the Oregon Ducks stands on ten line against the Oregon State Beavers during the second half at Autzen Stadium on November 24, 2023 in Eugene, Oregon.
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Update: Franklin did come back into the game on the last Oregon drive, so he’s going to power through this shoulder injury.

Oregon Ducks wide receiver Troy Franklin appeared to suffer a shoulder injury in the second quarter of the Pac-12 title game against the Washington Huskies. Franklin was able to walk off the field but got plenty of attention from trainers while he was down on the field after failing to haul in a pass on a third down play.

The shoulder might not be the only concern for Franklin, as the trainers are taping up his foot too.

This is a potentially dangerous situation for Oregon, largely because Franklin took a huge step forward this season to become the team’s No. 1 receiver. After 891 yards and nine touchdowns in 2022, Franklin put up 1,349 yards and 14 touchdowns as the Ducks blasted most of the Pac-12 in their final season in the conference. Oregon needs to beat Washington to likely land a spot in the College Football Playoff, and the Ducks would like to have Franklin on the field as they attempt to do so.

If Franklin is unable to return to this game, look for Bucky Irving and Tez Johnson to get more touches in the offense. Irving is primarily a running back, but Johnson is coming off a big game against Oregon State and is capable of making his presence felt on the field.