OSU Notebook: Beavs banged up

IT’S OPTIMAL TO be heading into a physical, smash-mouth game to be as close to full health as possible. Oregon State will go into Stanford (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.) far, far away from that.

There may be more later tonight when Mike Riley talks to the media but the injury report didn’t sound promising after the loss to Utah.

WR Richard Mullaney (elbow), both starting running backs in Storm Woods (knee) and Terron Ward (thigh contusion), defensive end Jaswha James (knee) and tight end Kellen Clute (knee) were all banged up in the double overtime loss.

Mullaney's injury might be the most serious. Mike Riley said after the game the receiver could be out possibly for the rest of the year.

Ward played through his thigh bruise so while he might be rested during the practice week, he would seem likely to be ready Saturday at Stanford, barring something unforeseen.

Woods was limping badly when he came out and took off his shoulder pads. That's usually not a good sign of a guy who will be back the next week.

The extent of the injuries to James and Clute might become clearer tonight when Riley talks to the media. James, Clute and Woods all suffered knee injuries in the first half.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Records set in a loss are always less visible. But one former Trojan down, one to go. Sean Mannion passed Carson Palmer (11,818 yards) to move into second place on the Pac-12 career passing list with 12,012 yards. Mannion needs only 315 yards to pass No. 1 Matt Barkley (12,327).

  • Stanford is now 4-3. They were outplayed by Arizona State from the second quarter on and were held scoreless in the first half, falling 26-10.


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