Oregon State senior wide receiver/returner James Rodgers will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a left knee injury in the Beavers' 29-27 victory over the then-No. 9 Arizona Wildcats last Saturday in Tucson.
Rodgers, OSU's career leader for all-purpose yards, was injured on a tackle midway in the second quarter after making a 56-yard touchdown catch - the play was nullified however by an OSU penalty for an ineligible receiver. Rodgers was assisted to the sidelines and later watched the game from the team bench on crutches.
"We are tremendously disappointed with the news that one of our team captains and leaders is sidelined for the rest of the season," OSU head coach Mike Riley said. "I know James will stay very involved with the team during his rehabilitation process and we look forward to his return as soon as possible."
Rodgers, who has accumulated the second most all-purpose yards in the nation for active players with 5,784, is eligible for a medical hardship year per NCAA rules (14.2.4). The hardship waiver is defined as an incapacity resulting from an injury or illness. Rodgers meets the criteria due to playing in just four games this season or roughly 30 percent (the threshold for waiver status/NCAA rule 126.96.36.199.6.2*) - he missed OSU's Oct. 2 game against Arizona State with a concussion - and he has not redshirted. OSU officials will submit paperwork to the Pacific-10 Conference for the waiver hardship at the conclusion of the season.