DT can condition without contact

Updated: April 17, 2005, 10:55 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek is expected to be sidelined for at least four months after suffering a torn left biceps during Saturday's Red/White spring game, university officials said.

Sports Information Director Kenny Mossman said Dvoracek underwent surgery Sunday morning to repair the injury.

Dvoracek will be able to continue conditioning, but will be sidelined from contact for four to five months, OU head coach Bob Stoops said.

"We expect that Dusty will make a full recovery and are confident that he will be ready at the beginning of the season," Stoops said.

Dvoracek, an All-Big 12 selection and third team All-American in 2003, was dismissed from the team in September 2004 for violating team rules.

Dvoracek was involved in a fight at a Norman, Okla., bar in which one of his high-school friends, Matt Wilde, suffered a head injury and spent several days in Norman Regional Hospital.

Police said Wilde's family did not want to pursue charges, and Dvoracek was never arrested or charged.

Oklahoma applied for a medical hardship waiver to allow the senior to play another year. The waiver was denied by the Big 12 Conference but the school appealed the ruling to the NCAA, which then approved it.

Dvoracek was reinstated by Stoops on Jan. 20 after the defensive tackle underwent anger-management and alcohol-related counseling.

Dvoracek was arrested in July 2002 for public intoxication, but Norman's city attorney ruled that there was not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against Dvoracek.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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