BYU linebacker sorry Bradford got hurt

Updated: September 8, 2009, 10:06 AM ET
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If BYU linebacker Coleby Clawson had the chance to speak with Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford after Saturday's game, he probably would have patted him on his healthy shoulder and said something like "truly sorry."

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James D. Smith/Icon SMIColeby Clawson is about to hit Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, who suffered a shoulder sprain on the play and could miss a month.

Clawson applied a clean hit to Bradford, driving him to the turf in the first half of BYU's stunning 14-13 defeat of the Sooners in a battle of Top 25 teams. Bradford has been told he has a Grade 3 sprain of his right shoulder, and while surgery is not expected, he'll have to wait from two to four weeks before he can play again.

"I really do feel bad, because he's a great player," Clawson said Monday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. "Sam Bradford is a great player and a good person, too. I feel bad that he got hurt, and I hope he can get back soon. As far as our game, it probably helped us win [the Heisman Trophy winner did not play in the second half]."

Injuries are the "nature" of the game, Clawson said.

"I am always trying to get big hits, but I am never trying to put anybody out or hurt somebody," the senior said.

According to the Tribune, Clawson said he watched highlights of BYU's victory -- the Cougars can expect to move up from No. 20 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll when the rankings are released Tuesday -- on the charter flight back to Provo, Utah.

Clawson said he's received Facebook messages from Oklahoma fans that were critical of his hit, the newspaper reported.

"I think it was mostly sarcasm, but there was a few OU fans who kind of told me where to go," he said. "But I think there was sarcasm in there, though. Overall, everybody has been really good and really classy about it."

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