Ducks players injured in alleged street racing crash

EUGENE — An Oregon linebacker was injured and cited in an alleged street racing accident, which also injured another player.

Reserve linebacker Eddie Pleasant needed 75 stitches to his head after the car that he was driving collided with another vehicle in Springfield on Wednesday night.

Receiver Jamere Holland, a passenger, suffered a concussion. Both players were hospitalized but later released.

Freshman quarterback Darron Thomas, also a passenger, bruised his right elbow but practiced with the Ducks on Thursday.

Police Sgt. Brent Carpenter told The Register Guard newspaper that Pleasant, 19, was cited on a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and one count of speed racing, a violation.

No decisions over discipline had been made, Oregon coach Mike Bellotti told reporters.

Police believe Pleasant was racing with another car when he lost control and went into oncoming traffic, striking a car driven by Ricardo Garcia of Springfield. His passenger, Jacqueline Dalton, 24, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center with unspecified injuries and later released, the newspaper reported.

Alcohol or drugs were not involved, Carpenter said.

Pleasant and Holland will not travel with the team to Washington State on Saturday.

Thomas continued Thursday to compete for the starting job against the Cougars with Jeremiah Masoli and Chris Harper.

Thomas emerged in Oregon's 37-32 loss to Boise State. The true freshman completed 13 of 25 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns, all in the fourth quarter, and nearly led Oregon to a comeback.

The Ducks had planned to redshirt Thomas, but injuries forced the team to use him.

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