Bosa’s Hit Sprained Mariota Shoulder


For Duck fans, the College Football Playoff National Championship game was painful to watch. For Oregon’s Heisman winning quarterback and projected top NFL Draft pick Marcus Mariota, the pain was real.

Mariota suffered a sprained shoulder after being driven into the ground unnecessarily by Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. The injury may keep Mariota from participating in the NFL combine, according to the Star Advertiser.

Mariota has sprained shoulder, might not throw at NFL Scouting Combine

Mariota chose not to play in the Senior Bowl so he could return to Hawaii for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony where he was honored as the first Polynesian College Football Player of the Year.

Mariota may miss the NFL Combine to heal his sprained shoulder.

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Mariota may miss the NFL Combine to heal his sprained shoulder.

“I had an opportunity to go to the Senior Bowl. But as a family we decided it was best to come here and be a part of this,” Mariota said. ”Being able to meet all these men is pretty remarkable. They paved the way for me and Polynesian athletes everywhere. For us, it’s really just saying, ‘Thank you.'”

The NFL Combine is Feb. 17-23 and Mariota has seen draft projections as high as No.1 overall in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft.

“Right now we’re still making that decision, whether to throw at the Combine. I had to kinda rest about a week-and-a-half,” Mariota.

Mariota briefly left the game after being aggressively tackled to the ground by Bosa in the national championship game.

It was unknown to many until recently that Mariota had suffered an injury due to the excessive nature of Bosa’s tackle.

Top Photo by John Sperry


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Jordan Ingram

My name is Jordan Ingram and I am currently a student at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. I am a proud Oregonian with an insatiable thirst for Oregon athletics. I am in hot pursuit of my dream career as beat writer for anything that goes “Quack.” Follow me on Twitter : @jpingram3

  • maddog48

    Given the apparent injury, it is fairly likely that is the reason Mariota chose to not play in the Senior Bowl rather than yet another awards ceremony. Where I take some exception here is with your description of Bosa’s tackle as being “excessive”. What does that mean? While I am disappointed the Ducks did not win, I saw nothing dirty about Bosa’s tackle.

    • I guess we disagree on the term “excessive.” But Jake Fisher and several Oregon linemen took exception with the hit. It was unnecessary to follow through and smash him into the ground the way Bosa did.

      • maddog48

        Not a surprise that Oregon’s offensive linemen were bent out of shape. That doesn’t make it excessive. Perhaps Fisher and the other linemen should be questioning why Mariota was even placed in that position. Perhaps it was some bad blocking that they feel guilty about?

        • Eric

          No they’re passed because that’s their QB. Any lineman should be. Linemen are very protective of their QB. Excessive or not, they’re going to get in your face about it. Makes me feel good that they have the QBs back that way.

    • cbask

      It looked like a tackle that was intent on injuring another player to me. Mariota had released the ball well before contact was made, and Bosa took liberties with the continuation. It isn’t like Bosa missed the fact that the ball had been released. My feeling that the hit would have drawn a penalty and fine had it been in the NFL.

      • maddog48

        So you are able to determine the intent of a player? Perhaps you should be on the NFL payroll.