Because Oregon doesn’t discuss injuries, trying to decipher whether or not ( Jr. ) RB De’Anthony Thomas will play Saturday against the No. 16 Huskies is like trying to understand the issues behind the current government shutdown.
We hear the talking heads talk, but for the life of us, we don’t understand their language.
This week, Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell knew he was going to be pelted with questions from the media regarding the status of Thomas’ right ankle, however he shimmied his way through the Q & A session without saying much at all.
When asked about Thomas and how he was in practice on Tuesday,….Campbell smiled and said “he was ok,…practice was good.”
After that short exchange, another attempt was made to elicit whether or not Thomas would suit up and play against Washington in what’s expected to be the Ducks toughest game to date.
“I don’t know” said Campbell.
“I really don’t know if he’s going to play or not.”
Of course those within the inner sanctum of the program certainly have an idea if Thomas is healthy enough to play, but they’re simply not letting that cat out of the bag just yet.
Yes, it’s possible Campbell and his fellow coaches truly don’t know if Thomas will be ready for Saturday’s 1:00 pm kickoff at Husky Stadium,…or they’ve chosen deliberate silence as a game plan tactic against Steve Sarkisian and Husky defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox.
On Wednesday, Thomas spoke with reporters about his sprained ankle and said he was at least pleased with not having to wear the protective boot.
“It’s nice to walk around with two shoes on,” Thomas said Wednesday.
“That’s a great feeling. Trying to get better from there.”
When asked about the progress regarding his sprained ankle, Thomas did admit he was taking part in drills outside of practice.
“I haven’t practiced this week, but I’ve been in drills and stuff like that,” Thomas said.
“Just getting better, trying to jog a little bit and stuff like that.”
What Campbell does know however is his two other talented backs ( Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner ) are ready to pick up the heavy lifting if Thomas isn’t able to suit up in Seattle.
When asked specifically about Tyner’s role, Campbell explained his freshman running back has made significant strides in his development.
“My only concern was that he knew what he was doing” said Campbell.
“I think he’s to that point now where he knows what he’s doing pretty well and I feel comfortable putting him in the game at any time.”
VIDEO; Watch Gary Campbell’s press briefing by clicking on the arrow in the video box above.