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Wednesday afternoon Oregon head coach Dana Altman revealed some significant news when he announced senior point guard Johnathan Loyd suffered a broken nose in in a practice held on Tuesday.

Oregon could be without the play of senior point guard Johnathan Loyd on Thursday.

The 5-foot-9 point guard was hit with an elbow during a rebounding drill on Tuesday in preparation for Thursday night's game against UCLA.

"He caught an elbow and it was just an accident, so he missed practice yesterday," said Altman Wednesday.

Altman wasn't sure if Loyd would be able to play against the Bruins, but did say if there ever was a player in his 33 years of coaching who could quickly come back from this it would be Loyd.

"If we have one guy who can bounce back to play, it's Johnny," said Altman. "I've done this a long time and he's a tough young man. He competes, he's been here four years and he's had a lot of opportunities to take days off with nagging injuries and such and he doesn't do it."

If Loyd can't give it a go Thursday night against UCLA the Ducks can slide senior Jason Calliste or junior Joesph Young over to the point guard position to back up sophomore Dominic Artis.

"We can play Jason at the point, we can play Joe at the point, but DA (Dominic Artis) will have t carry a lot more of a load and play well," said Altman.

Loyd will get fit with a facemask to allow him to continue to play with his broken nose, but Altman isn't sure if he's ready or not yet.

"Those things are hard to play with and there is always an adjustment," said Altman.

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