Ducks lose top target Addison to torn ACL
"Life is tough man."
Bralon Addison posted the four-word tweet shortly before reports surfaced Thursday that the Oregon wide receiver suffered a torn ACL in his left knee while making a cut in a non-contact drill during Wednesday's spring practice.
Addison's status has not been made public by Oregon. Practices are closed to the public and media, and coach Mark Helfrich does not typically comment on injuries.
KEZI-TV was the first to report Addison's injury. Comcast SportsNet Northwest later reported the severity of the injury, which likely would force one of the Ducks' most dangerous players to miss the 2014 season.
Although Oregon remains deep and talented at receiver, losing Addison to a serious injury is a major blow for an offense already trying to replace Josh Huff.
As a sophomore last season, Addison was second on the team in receptions (61), receiving yards (890) and receiving touchdowns (7) behind Huff (62 receptions for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns).
Oregon also loses its third- and fourth-leading pass catchers from 2013 in graduated receiver Daryle Hawkins and NFL-bound running back De'Anthony Thomas.
Addison exploded onto the Pac-12 scene with a spectacular performance on special teams last season, returning punts for touchdowns of 75 and 67 yards during a 55-16 victory over California.