Broken collarbone may end Quan's season


TALK ABOUT ADDING insult to injury. Sophomore James Rodgers, the Beavers' return-man, fly sweep aficionado and oh by the way a pretty darned good receiver, reportedly has a broken collarbone. The early outlook does not look promising for 'Quan' to be healed in time for Oregon State's bowl game.

James Rodgers, The Oregonian's Paul Buker reports, suffered a collarbone break in the second half against Oregon.

"I know he wanted to. They had to take his helmet away from him. He didn't have any strength in his arm, but he wanted to play," Riley said.

Rodgers was the Beavers' leading rusher in the game, with 56 yards on seven carries. He also had 158 kickoff return years on seven tries, with a long of 40 hashes.

James' brother, Jacquizz Rodgers, sat out the Civil War with a shoulder strain but he is expected to be healed up in time for the Beavers' bowl game, possibly in the Sun Bowl against Pitt.

Quan is a versatile cog for the Beavs -- running, receiving, returning and blocking -- whose absence in the bowl game could cause Mike Riley and staff to plug in any number of players in varying scenarios.

Assuming Rodgers is not healed up in time for the bowl, the Beavs could turn to Chris Johnson when the Beavs are on offense. Johnson had one catch for eight yards on Saturday. The Beavs could possibly also look to running back Jeremy Francis in some instances, with Francis having become a receiving threat for OSU down the late season stretch.

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