Cal quarterback Zach Maynard, who injured his left knee in the loss to Washington, was on crutches Sunday but did not sustain ligament damage, coach Jeff Tedford said.
Tedford said an MRI exam was negative and Maynard’s status for Saturday’s game against No. 2 Oregon is day to day.
“It’s an old-fashioned knee sprain,” Tedford said.
Tedford said Maynard was better Sunday than he was the day before, and he’s encouraged that there was no ligament damage. “But there’s obviously something there,” he said. “It’s how he responds to treatment.”
If Maynard cannot play, junior Allan Bridgford would start against the unbeaten Ducks.
Cal’s starter the past two seasons, Maynard was injured with 4:01 left in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 21-13 loss. He was taken down by Washington’s Danny Shelton with what Tedford called “a gator tackle.”
“It was unfortunate, but it wasn’t dirty,” he said.
Tedford described the tackling technique as grabbing a leg and rolling to take down the ball carrier. Maynard’s right leg was planted at the time, so the manuever caused his left leg to torque.
Tedford said he expects defensive ends Kendrick Payne (broken finger) and Aaron Tipoti (knee) both to play against Oregon. Linebackers Jalen Jefferson and J.P. Hurrell and cornerback Marc Anthony, all sidelined Friday by concussions, will be evaluated through the week.
Among offensive starters, tackle Matt Summers-Gavin (knee) is questionable, freshman wide receiver Bryce Treggs (ankle) likely will be ready to play.