Oklahoma's Bradford (concussion) to be reevaluated this week
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, the nation's top-rated passer, will have to be reevaluated over the next several days before coaches can determine whether he'll be recovered enough from a concussion to play next Saturday at Oklahoma State.
Bradford was hurt in the first quarter of a 34-27 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday that knocked the Sooners out of the national title picture but left them in control of the Big 12 South. Oklahoma fell seven spots to No. 10 in The Associated Press poll on Sunday.
"I'm not going to sit here and monitor his hour-to-hour progress," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "He was better at the end of the game, yes, by a long shot. Now, to what degree, I'm not getting into that with everybody. That's fair enough. That isn't for me to say."
Running back DeMarco Murray, receiver Adron Tennell and defensive end Alan Davis also left the game with injuries, but none were more noticeably absent than Bradford. The redshirt freshman had thrown for 2,509 yards and 28 touchdowns with only six interceptions in his first 10 games.
"I understand he's doing pretty well today, and was doing much better last night coming home than he was during the game," offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Sunday. "A lot of times that's one, two or three days before you get a clear picture. Also, when you're going through that time of getting a clear picture, if that guy's not in, how much practice work is he getting?"
Wilson said Murray would likely have an MRI on Monday to see whether any further damage was done when he dislocated his kneecap while trying to recover an onside kick in the final minute.
"Right now, it appears to be nothing, knock on wood, other than a dislocation," Wilson said. "If that's the case, that's typically not too long of a turnaround."
Tennell, a backup receiver, tore his ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season. Davis, who was carted off the field in the second half with what Venables thought was a stinger, is the third defensive end to be hurt this season.
Starter John Williams tore his Achilles' tendon against Tulsa and had season-ending surgery, and Auston English has missed the past two games with a hairline fracture in his right leg. That leaves the Sooners quite thin at the position, with Alonzo Dotson and Jeremy Beal as the only healthy players with experience.
"Hopefully you're not forced to play a true freshman that has been redshirting the whole year. We're going to have to sit down and really look at what the next best options are," Venables said. "Obviously we've already used some defensive tackles at ends this season, and that might be your next best option."
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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