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Auburn, Oregon dealing with key injuries

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 27, 2014 at 8:44 am •  Published: August 27, 2014
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Braxton Miller's season-ending shoulder injury has the potential to shake up the national title race, leaving a loaded Ohio State team without one of the country's most dynamic quarterbacks.

While Miller's injury has drawn the most attention this preseason, the Buckeyes aren't the only ones trying to replace a key player who went down with an injury.

These teams have also been stung by the injury bug in a big way.

No. 6 AUBURN. The defending Southeastern Conference champions lost two key linemen before camp in started. On defense, end Carl Lawson, the team's best returning outside pass rusher, had knee surgery in May. The Tigers haven't ruled out his return. On offense, the loss of guard Alex Kozan (back surgery) for the season leaves the Tigers' powerful running game without one of its best blockers.

No. 3 OREGON. The Ducks' offensive line took a hit when left tackle Tyler Johnstone re-tore the ACL in his right knee during practice. The first injury happened during last season's Alamo Bowl victory against Texas. Johnstone is out for the season, leaving the Ducks vulnerable on Marcus Mariota's blind side. The loss of Johnstone comes on top of the injury to receiver Bralon Addison, who went down with a knee injury in the spring. Addison hopes to play this season.

No. 22 NEBRASKA. Early in camp, the Cornhuskers seemed to be on about an injury-a-day clip. The worst hits came on the defensive side, where both nickel back Charles Jackson and linebacker Michael Rose are out with season-ending knee injuries. The Huskers also lost tailback Adam Taylor to a broken ankle, which eats into their depth behind star Ameer Abdullah. The losses on defense are compounded by the season-long suspension of safety LeRoy Alexander and the departure of defensive tackle Aaron Curry, who transferred.

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