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August 21, 2008 1:58 PM

Oregon QB Costa injured? UPDATED

Posted by Bob Condotta

Web sites and message boards in Oregon have been buzzing today with the news that Ducks sophomore quarterback Nate Costa may have suffered a serious knee injury.

At the moment, however, it looks like the Ducks may have dodged a big bullet, though that won't really be known for a few more days.

Here's the latest from the Oregonian with coach Mike Bellotti indicating Costa could be back as soon as Friday. The Register-Guard reports the same thing here.

Costa was projected to be Oregon's starter, but as detailed in this story by our Bud Withers on Sunday, he didn't play well in the team's scrimmage on Saturday and had yet to be named the starter for the opener against UW Aug. 30. Justin Roper, a sophomore who threw four touchdown passes in leading Oregon's 56-21 win over South Florida in the Sun Bowl, was closing ground on Costa for the starting job and would likely take over if Costa is indeed seriously hurt.

Costa is generally regarded as a better fit for Oregon's spread option offense than Roper.

However, this story in the Oregonian today noted that freshman Chris Harper is also still in the running.

I'll keep watching this and post more once there is definitive news.

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