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Oregon LB Troy Dye Ruled Out For Washington State Game

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 09: A helmet for the Oregon Ducks is displayed during a press conference for the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game against the Auburn Tigers at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn on January 9, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Oregon is gearing up for a Pac-12 North contest against the Washington State Cougars. But according to a report, the Ducks will be without their star linebacker.

Troy Dye suffered a broken thumb last week in Oregon's 35-31 win against Washington in Seattle. Dye left the game in the first half. But he returned in the second half, helping the Ducks come away victorious.

A week later, Dye will sit out tonight's game against the WSU Cougars. LB Dru Mathis will start in his place with MJ Cunningham also filling in when called upon.

Matt Prehm of 247Sports was first to report the news.

Dye is the senior leader of the Ducks defense. He's been a crucial piece in helping Oregon's turnaround.

In his freshman season, the Ducks went 4-8. But now, Oregon is ranked 11th in the AP Top 25 and the Ducks are the current Pac-12 favorites.

Through seven games this season, Dye has 38 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, one sack and an interception. He's been one of the Ducks' best run-stuffers over the past few seasons.

Fortunately for Oregon, Washington State doesn't run the ball very often. The Cougars rely on a heavy passing attack.

Oregon-Washington State kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.