Oregon QB Justin Herbert Reportedly Out 4-6 Weeks with Collarbone Injury

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2017

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks throws a pass during the second half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is expected to miss up to six weeks after suffering a broken collarbone on his non-throwing shoulder in Saturday's 45-24 win over Cal.

Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reported the news. Head coach Willie Taggart told reporters Monday there's "absolutely" a chance Herbert could return this season.

Herbert went down on a seven-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter and was replaced by Taylor Alie, who also left the game with an injury. Freshman Braxton Burmeister came in to finish.

"Braxton has been with us for a while now, so he knows how our offense runs," running back Kani Benoit told reporters. "Out there, he just needs to go and make the plays. Our receivers and running backs will carry him that way. I think he's pretty confident in himself and his talent."

Herbert had thrown for 1,264 yards and nine touchdowns against two interceptions this season, helping Oregon's offense break out among the best in the country. He was 7-of-8 for 86 yards and a touchdown before exiting.

"That's what Justin always says: He's OK," Taggart told reporters. "Unfortunately, he wasn't. Taylor came in and did a good job for us; then he went down. Then Braxton came in and did a good job for us."

Oregon is scheduled to play No. 11 Washington State on Saturday.