Sooners defender Birdine lost for season
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma defensive end Larry Birdine suffered a torn left biceps muscle and will be out for the rest of the season, head football coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday.
Birdine will undergo surgery for the injury on Thursday, officials said.
"It was kind of a fluke injury," said Stoops, who added that Birdine got tangled up with Travis Wilson. "There really wasn't much contact."
Birdine sustained the injury several days ago, and tried to work his way back before it was determined he would need surgery.
Birdine played as a reserve last season behind Dan Cody and Jonathan Jackson, but still ranked second on the team with 11 tackles for loss. He ranked third on the team with seven sacks.
The rainy weather forced the Sooners to practice on the rugby fields on the southern edge of the campus on Tuesday.
The Sooners will hold their final scrimmage of the preseason Wednesday. That workout will be closed to the public.
Oklahoma opens its season Sept. 3 against TCU.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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