I'm saddened with the loss of junior wide-out Ellis Henderson for the remainder of the season but here's hoping that after returning to Portland he can come back stronger than ever next season and finish his career in grand style.
The Grizzly receiving corps got a boost Saturday with the return of Sean Haynes and tight end Mike Ralston but Henderson's departure makes one realize there when it comes to athletics there just isn't anything to be taken for granted.
The transfer from Hawaii came into the season with 16 TD receptions, tenth on the career list, and better than 1,300 yards and seemed poised to be the go-to wide-out of an inexperienced group of receivers with redshirt freshman Josh Janssen and sophomore Ryan Burke joining the tested Washington transfer Jamal Jones.
But while he continually battled to solve his medical issue and played in five games, he caught only a dozen for 110 yards and didn't get into the end zone.
What "Hendo" meant to this team might be epitomized by what Jamal Jones said in the post-game press conference Saturday about his acrobatic TD catch just channeling Henderson's monster grab at North Dakota State.
In the Grizzlies we have the seventh ranked team in the country, winners of three straight and four of five games that have compiled a 5-2 record, despite the numerous obstacles that present themselves when you sustain key injuries.
I guess it was all characterized Saturday when not only both punter Stephen Shaw and placekicker Dan Sullivan were unable to play but coaches didn't know they would be without the two players until warm-up for Sullivan and after the first punt for Shaw.
Tight end Mike Ralston returned and Sean Haynes made it to the lineup for the first time this season after two surgeries but Chase Naccarato was making his way around the field with his leg on a cart after knee surgery that will sideline him for the season.
And it is plenty challenging to develop a new offensive line when half of the group have been sidelined like seemingly every other position because of ongoing injuries.
At North Dakota for example there were 11 players who played the previous season there who were still eligible but for one reason or another were not available for the game.
Now there are no excuses here and you won't hear any elsewhere either but this is quite a game group to be tied for the Big Sky Conference lead.
And you know what they say about defense and playing your best football in November.