Johnstone: injury update from media day
EUGENE - Oregon left tackle Tyler Johnstone re-tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last week and will be lost for the season.
Johnstone confirmed today that he will have surgery on Friday.
Johnstone first injured the same ACL last December during the Ducks' 30-7 win over Texas in the Alamo Bowl. He hoped to be healthy for the Ducks' season opener Aug. 30 against South Dakota.
After months of rehab and being cleared by doctors to ease back into practice, Johnstone heard a popping noise from his knee during the first week of fall football practice. During a non-contact play, Johnstone was performing pass blocking drills when his knee buckled. Testing and scans followed to reveal a re-torn ACL in right knee.
Recovery time for a torn ACL is usually around 8-12 months.
The loss of Johnstone for the season could be a big blow to the team's national title hopes. The three-year starter was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 last season, and had bulked up to 289 pounds in an effort to improve his overall play.
Oregon was set to return all five starters along the offensive line from last season. Now the Ducks will likely turn to redshirt junior Andre Yruretagoyena to start at left tackle. The former four-star recruit grew up with Johnstone in Chandler, Ariz.
Yruretagoyena has appeared in 11 games over his career as a backup guard and tackle.