We are just days away from the national championship game and the conclusion fo the first ever college football play-offs.
The Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Marcus Mariota and his Oregon Ducks are all set to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Everyone is talking about the match coming on Monday night at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
However just days before the match, the Ducks have been dealt a huge blow in the absence of one of their star players.
Wide receiver Darren Carrington has not travelled with the rest of the team as Oregon lose a key man in that high octane offense.
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An Oregon spokesman has confirmed that Carrington didn't make the trip to Texas with the team but failed to confirm why until Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich speaks to the media on Saturday.
It had been previously reported that the freshman from San Diego had failed an NCAA administrated drug test and had tested positive for marijuana.
If this is the reason why Carrington is absent from the match in Texas, the fans may not be happy to hear it on Saturday.
It is yet another big blow to the Ducks with Carrington having been a key man for the team this season including having 100 receiving yards in each of the teams last two games.
Carrington is arguably Mariota's best receiver given that the future NFL quarterback targeted Carrington further down more than anyone else.
More bad news
The exclusion of Carrington is yet another blow to the Ducks who are already expected to be without several players.
Freshman receiver Devon Allen has been the Ducks no. 2 receiver this year but injured his knee on the opening kick off of the Rose Bowl game whilst tight-end Pharoah Brown has been out for several games with a leg injury.
It isn't all bad news for the Ducks however as they still pose an offensive threat with three other players who have all caught over 20 passes this season.
Runningback Byron Marshall, sophomore Dwayne Stanford and freshman Charles Nelson could now be Oregon's most powerful weapons if they are to claim the national championship.
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