Oregon's 45-38 win against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl did come with a price: A knee injury to offensive guard Carson York.
York has started 36 games in his career, making him the Ducks' most experienced returning offensive lineman. And also probably their best. So it's fair to say getting him healthy again would be a major benefit.
While it's difficult to get official injury information from Oregon, it appears the news is pretty good for York, according to this story from Rob Moseley. York told Moseley he expects to be ready for the Sept. 1 season opener against Arkansas State.
"It's my senior year, I plan on playing every game," York told Moseley. "My goal right after the surgery was that I was going to come back and rehab and I was going to be as strong at the end of the summer as I was last summer. And I've either met or exceeded all my lifts from the end of last summer, which is a pretty hard thing to do coming off a massive knee injury. So now I need to take the next step. You can't replicate football. I'll go out today (at practice) and I'll find out a lot today. I'm confident it will go pretty well."
The takeaway here isn't necessarily that York will be 100 percent by Sept. 1 -- an eight-month recovery from a torn patellar tendon is pretty fast. It's that his rehab appears to be going well, which suggests he should be ready early in the season.