The Oregon athletic department confirmed today that senior cornerback Walter Thurmond III will miss the rest of the season as he undergoes surgery to his right knee.

Thurmond was injured on the first play of Oregon’s 42-3 win against No. 6 Cal on Saturday, a kickoff in which Thurmond fumbled the return and the Golden Bears recovered. The specific damage was not listed, and it is unclear when Thurmond will undergo an operation.

Thurmond is unlikely to receive a medical redshirt for next year, which means his next step would be preparation for the NFL draft.

In the meantime, Oregon loses its best defensive playmaker. Thurmond has already returned a punt and an interception for touchdowns this season, and his five touchdowns on interceptions and special teams are the most by a non-offensive player in school history.

Read more in tomorrow’s Emerald. 


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