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Oregon's defense has taken a big hit but can still dish them out too
Oregon's defense has taken a big hit but can still dish them out too

Oregon football's near-pathological aversion to injury acknowledgment is legendary, if not comical. The company line reminds you of that line from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" — "It's just a flesh wound" — as a knight's limbs are systematically severed. You could see an Oregon player go down, in plain light of day, sometimes on a stretcher, and never get an administrator to break his deadpan look. To be fair, open heart surgery and a hangnail are ignored equally in Oregon's official non-injury log book. The football philosophy, honed to perfection by former coach Chip Kelly and embraced by successor Mark Helfrich, is an...

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