The Bruins' starting quarterback was injured in Saturday's game against the Ducks. The injury is unknown.
As a player who has struggled to stay on the court for most of his college career, Dorian Thompson-Robinson has experienced every scratch, bruise and impact he has suffered in 2021, and he has been able to maintain power.
The UCLA football team (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12) quarterback left the team's 10th-ranked game against Oregon (6-1, 3-1) late in the fourth quarter due to injury. In the absence of Thompson Robinson, the Bruins lost the game by a score of 34-31, and their main signal caller missed the pace of a tie or a game win.
Thompson Robinson was hitting his back and chest all night as the Ducks continued to exert pressure in the form of edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux. He recorded 2.0 sacks, a quarterback hit and a forced turnover. Oregon State ended the game with 4.0 sacks and two quarterback hits, which does not include all the times Thompson Robinson broke the melee line.
From 2018 to 2020, Thompson Robinson missed four games due to injuries, during which time he missed a total of five games. However, Thompson Robinson missed only one game due to injury in seven games in 2021, when he was knocked down against Stanford at the end of the fourth quarter.
The defeat of Thompson Robinson took place shortly after cornerback Jay Shaw was intercepted, preparing the Bears for their comeback. Falling behind 34-31 with 3:00 left in the game, Thompson Robinson passed two first defeats and gave UCLA a 49-point lead, and there was plenty of time.
A game pushed the Bears back into place, Thompson Robinson stepped back again and tried to force him to catch receiver Cam Brown, as Thibodeau rushed to his defense again. The pass was incomplete and set the 2nd and 20th for UCLA. Only Thompson Robinson will not be the one who will excavate his team from the whole this time.
Thibodeaux hit Thompson-Robinson hard during the match, wrapped him in his stomach and threw him to the ground. Thompson Robinson looked leaning toward his right shoulder on the way off the court, but from the outside, it could be anywhere from his ribs to his chest or collarbone.
After the game, coach Chip Kelly was asked about Thompson Robinson's state.
"The agreement was that the trainer just told me whether they were going in or out, and he said he was not there, so we let (Ethan) Garbers in," Kelly said. "I don't have any information about where he is or how he is, they just said he was out."
Garbers came in and completed two of his five pass attempts, then threw the game to seal the interception when the Bruins were just a few yards from the field goal.
Linebacker Jordan Genmark Heath made it clear after the game that he believes that the gap between Thompson Robinson and Garbers is not big, although he said that it is obviously difficult for Thompson Robinson to watch the game on the sidelines to reach the finals.
"Especially when you have someone who cares about like Dorian, as you know, he will face any and all strong opposition," Genmark Heath said. "It may be that the defense didn't get the third stop. Suddenly it was Dorian's fault."
After the team completed media obligations and post-match meetings, Thompson Robinson provided some insights on his situation on the Internet.
The claim did not provide too many specific details, but at least, it appeared to be a short-term injury, the same as the shoulder/arm injury he suffered to the Cardinal in late September, and did not prevent him from making his next start.
Thompson Robinson also took photos with some visiting recruits from his old high school Bishop Gorman (Nevada) after the game. He didn't wear slings, braces, casts, or anything visible on his upper body, and his gear bag was actually hung on his throwing shoulder.
All this is speculation at the moment. Kelly has no official news after the game, but if his shoulder forces him to only look at the photos, it would be surprising.
This week we will pay close attention to the training of Thompson Robinson to see if he is a complete participant, or if he is protected or restricted in any new way.
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