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
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."