Vernon Adams broke his index finger against Eastern Washington and despite the Oregon Athletic Department's best attempt to keep the lid on Adams' injury, the player today did what coaches would not do -- admit he broke his finger.
For the last two weeks, Oregon coaches would only say that Adams was ready to play and would not address rumors about a possible injury. Oregon, under Mark Helfrich has maintained a policy of not discussing or even acknowleging injuries.
It is not clear when the injury occurred and it should be pointed out that Adams was able to play last week against Michigan State in what could have been the top game of the week and perhaps the year. Oregon lost the contest, 31-28. Adams threw for 309 yards while wearing a protective glove. He threw one touchdown but was intercepted twice. He also missed two crucial passes late in the game that could have allowed the Ducks to win on a touchdown or tie on a field goal. In one play, Adams over threw a wide open Byron Marshall who was streaking for the endzone with no defenders in sight. The second missed pass was intended for Bralon Addison who had good position on the defender. Had that pass been completed the Ducks could have kept a drive alive well inside MSU territory.
If Adams does not play against Georgia State, a Sun Belt Conference member, it would allow him more time for his finger to heal and would give Lockie a chance at extended playing time. Lockie backed Marcus Mariota for two years and did see playing time but all in mop-up action when the games were long decided in Oreon's favor.
Oregon opens the Pac-12 season on Sept. 26 agaisnst Utah.