Already stretched thin by injuries, Oregon’s defensive personnel was pushed even further in Saturday’s loss at Arizona.
Starting defensive end Austin Faoliu did not travel due to the ankle injury that has limited his participation in practice for a month, starting linebacker Kaulana Apelu did not start but played and had three tackles and starting linebacker La’Mar Winston Jr. was held out for the first half due to a violation of team rules, according to coach Mario Cristobal.
“He was held out to the second half and played some special teams,” Cristobal said of Winston, who did not record a stat in the 44-15 loss. “Lana (Apelu) got in there, he was obviously hobbled, he wasn’t ready to play.
“We have what everybody else has this time of the year, we have some injuries. We’ve got to do a better job helping our team being able to overcome those injuries. Do we miss those guys? I’m sure everybody misses their starters when they go down.”
Tight end Kano Dillon, who was limited in practice last week, also did not travel and further depleted a roster without starting left tackle Penei Sewell (high ankle sprain) and backup linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia (shoulder).
Gary Baker started at defensive end in place of Faoliu and made seven tackles. Freshman linebacker Adrian Jackson had three tackles and senior linebacker Pou Peleti-Gore and sophomore linebacker Sampson Niu each had one tackle with Apelu and Winston limited.