Oregon opened fall camp Monday, but there wasn't much to glean out of the reports from those on-site in Eugene.
Those hoping for any form of updated timeline regarding the arrival of transfer quarterback Vernon Adams will be disappointed -- but, at this point, not surprised -- that there, again, was none. Coach Mark Helfrich still hasn't publicly mentioned him by name, which can only be taken as a good sign for those with Jeff Lockie in their "Who will be the Oregon starting QB vs Eastern Washington?" pools.
From a conference-wide perspective, the only other relevant takeaway is that Helfrich confirmed running back Thomas Tyner is not with the team. Tyler's father told the Oregonian and CSNNW.com his son had surgery Friday to repair an injured shoulder and will miss the 2015 season.
"He's not going to be in fall camp and his availability after that remains to be seen," Helfrich told a group of reporters. He did not comment on the timing of Tyner's surgery.
If we read into what Helfrich said, it's fair to question whether Tyner will return to the team at all, and it also feels natural to question why, exactly, did Tyner wait until a few days before training camp to opt for surgery? Without further clarification from the coaching staff, the mind will wander, and for many that has led to: "Was this surgery that could have done immediately following the season?" Translation: If the surgery was done in January, he would be ready to go for this season.
Of course, it very well could have been because Tyner, under advisement of a doctor, thought the pain would eventually subside and he would be ready for the season without needing surgery.
Regardless, it doesn't really matter. The bottom line is the Ducks will move on with out him for the foreseeable future. And, in the long-term, it might actually help Tyner land a more prominent role. Sophomore Royce Freeman looks like a three-and-done talent, which means Tyner could, if he comes back healthy, be in line for the No. 1 job in 2017.
I'd equate it to Tyler Gaffney's year away from Stanford as he pursued a career in professional baseball. If Gaffney played consecutively through his eligibility, he would have sat behind Stepfan Taylor his entire career. Instead, once Taylor was gone, Gaffney returned for a final season, ran for 1,709 yards and was drafted in the sixth round of the NFL draft.