Ducks receiver Darren Carrington reportedly suspended for title game

The Oregon Ducks traveled to Texas on Friday in advance of the College Football Playoff championship game without wide receiver Darren Carrington because he failed a drug test and has been suspended from the team, according to multiple reports.

The redshirt freshman, who had breakout performances against Arizona in the Pac-12 Conference championship game and the national semifinal against Florida State in the Rose Bowl, reportedly tested positive for marijuana.

The Associated Press reported Oregon spokesman Andy McNamara confirmed Carrington is not with the team but no reason was given for the receiver's absence.

The second-ranked Ducks (13-1) play the fourth-ranked Buckeyes on Monday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the inaugural championship game of the College Football Playoff.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Carrington had seven catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns in a 59-20 victory over the Seminoles in the Rose Bowl. In his first start of the season against the Wildcats, Carrington had seven catches for 126 yards and one score in a 51-13 win.

Oregon lost starting receiver and kick returner Devon Allen to injury on the opening kickoff against Florida State and has been without star tight end Pharaoh Brown, who was lost for the season with a leg injury on Nov. 8 in a 51-27 victory over Utah.

 

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