Second-ranked Oregon will have running back De'Anthony Thomas back Saturday against the No. 16 Washington Huskies at Seattle a week after he missed a win over Colorado with a sprained ankle, the Oregonion has reported, citing an anonymous source.
Thomas sprained the ankle on the opening kickoff against California on Sept. 28 and hasn't played since. The junior said Wednesday he practiced and jogged some this week and had stopped using a walking boot.
Thomas has rushed for 338 yards rushing and six touchdowns this season. He has 485 all-purpose yards in three games.
Oregon ranks third in the nation in rushing offense, behind Baylor and New Mexico.
The Ducks (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) have dominated the series with Washington, winning nine straight over the Huskies (4-1, 1-1) with each decided by at least 17 points. And the Ducks are yet to be tested this season, having scored at least 55 points in all five games.
Thomas clearly wasn't needed against California or Colorado, but Oregon could use him against the Huskies. Washington's defense has been especially stingy the first five weeks and ranks third in the country limiting opponents to 3.9 yards per play. Meanwhile, Thomas is averaging 8.1 yards every offensive touch.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.