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Sirmon To Sit Rest of the Season

September 29, 1998

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Oregon junior linebacker Peter Sirmon will sit out the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn muscle in his right shoulder, coach Mike Bellotti said Monday.

Sirmon, who led the Pacific-10 in tackles last year with 115, had recorded 24 tackles in three games this season before being forced to sit out the second half of No. 17 Oregon’s 58-3 win over San Jose State on Sept. 19. He also missed all of last Saturday’s 63-28 victory over Stanford.

Sirmon had 208 tackles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions in just over two seasons and was among the candidates for the Butkus Award, given to the top collegiate linebacker in the country.

He had 12 tackles in Oregon’s win at Texas-El Paso. He also had three tackles for losses of at least seven yards, one sack and broke up two passes this season.

His injury was first noticed during the start of fall drills in August and had progressively gotten worse. Surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital on Monday was considered to the best option to repair a the torn shoulder muscle.

Sirmon has one year of eligibility left after he was redshirted as a freshman in 1995.

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