Carrington: most likely out for entire spring
EUGENE - Oregon is in a race to develop several wide receivers in time for the 2014 season, and that endeavor is being hindered by an injury to redshirt freshman Darren Carrington.
Carrington, a promising four-star recruit from the 2013 recruiting class, is in the running to contribute greatly next season following the departure of senior Josh Huff, and the potentially season-ending knee injury to junior Bralon Addison.
But Carrington's spring has been slowed by an injury to his right hand early in spring drills that has him wearing a brace. Apparently, the injury involved blood.
He said he discovered the injury following a play and racing back to lineup for the next rep. He then noticed blood gushing from his right hand.
He didn't say exactly what the injury was on Monday - after all, Oregon doesn't talk about injuries - but clearly it's enough of a pain to keep him out for maybe the rest of spring drills.
He said Monday that he likely would not play in the spring game on May 3.
This of course does not end his chances of competing for playing time in the fall. But he certainly is an intriguing prospect that was worth getting a look at during the spring game.
“For me it’s really frustrating because coming in as a freshman I kind of got banged up during that first fall camp so I was looking forward to spring ball to get some playing time during the spring game," he said. "But stuff happens.”
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota said Carrington has looked good when healthy.
“He’s a great overall receiver,” Mariota said. “He’s going to do everything. He did his best over the winter to just kind of learn all of the positions. So far he’s done well. Hopefully he’s able to continue that, and when he comes back healthy we’re looking forward to seeing big things out of him.”
Someone, anyone, must emerge as a go-to guy. Carrington said there are plenty of options to choose from.
“We definitely have those playmakers who have potential to make plays and breakout like Bralon,” Carrington said.