It's official: James Rodgers out for season

WHAT SEEMED LIKE a foregone conclusion on Saturday night became a reality Monday afternoon. Oregon State senior wide receiver James Rodgers will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in the Beavs' 29-27 win over Arizona, OSU's Sports Information said in a release issued late Monday afternoon. Rodgers, however, is eligible for a medical hardship and could return in '11.

James Rodgers, who became OSU's career leader for all-purpose yards earlier this season, was injured on a tackle in the second quarter against Arizona after making a 56-yard touchdown catch, (the play was nullified by an OSU penalty.)

"We are tremendously disappointed with the news that one of our team captains and leaders is sidelined for the rest of the season," Mike Riley said. "I know James will stay very involved with the team during his rehabilitation process and we look forward to his return as soon as possible."

Rodgers, who has accumulated the second most all-purpose yards in the nation for active players with 5,784, is eligible for a medical hardship year per NCAA rules (14.2.4). The hardship waiver is defined as an incapacity resulting from an injury or illness. Rodgers meets the criteria due to playing in four games this season or roughly 30 percent of the season (the threshold for waiver status/NCAA rule*). He missed OSU's Oct. 2 game against Arizona State with a concussion – and he has not redshirted during his OSU career. As is customary, Oregon State officials will submit paperwork to the Pac-10 conference for the waiver hardship at the conclusion of the season.

Oregon State (3-2, 2-0 in Pac-10), ranked No. 24 in the AP poll this week, returns to action Saturday at Washington (2-3, 1-1) in an ESPN nationally televised game. The kickoff is slated for 7:15 p.m. PDT.

* NCAA rule Fraction in Percent Computation – Any computation of the percent limitation that results in a fractional portion of a contest or date of competition shall be rounded to the next whole number (30 percent of 12 games is 3.6 – rounded to 4 games).

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