by Frank Baldwin September 16, 2015



Oregon Ducks move forward as planned despite reports of Vernon Adams Jr.'s broken finger

Vernon Adams Jr. reportedly has a broken finger.

The Oregon Ducks say they're not changing anything in spite of it.

Speaking in his weekly Tuesday news conference, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich wouldn't go into specifics about Adams, but said the Ducks are moving forward toward Georgia State.

"We're preparing very similar to how we have," Helfrich said. "All of those guys are taking reps out there and we'll see how it all shakes out."

Adams injured the index finger on his throwing hand in the season opener against Eastern Washington and was wearing a splint on the finger following Saturday's 31-28 loss to Michigan State. Adams was ineffective at times during the game, throwing two interceptions, but said his finger wasn't an excuse.

Tuesday morning, Comcast Sports Net Northwest reported that Adams' injury was a break in the finger, though Adams said Monday the finger felt "good."

Adams' refusal to blame his performance on the injury, and the way he took accountability after the loss Saturday, has continued to win the locker room over, Helfrich said.

"On day one he wanted to step in front of the team and make this big talk and apologize for being a distraction and all this stuff," Helfrich said. "I said, 'Don't talk, just do.'"

Adams has practiced through the first two days of the week and hasn't been seen wearing the splint.

"He's throwing well with it," receivers coach Matt Lubick told The Register-Guard.

Still, with Adams banged up, the Ducks are preparing backup Jeff Lockie to be ready if needed on Saturday. The junior backup has yet to throw a pass this year.

"We're always ready to play Jeff," offensive coordinator Scott Frost said. "I feel great about Jeff being in there, if and when that happens, and we'll take it as it comes."

Frank Baldwin
Frank Baldwin


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