Injury further depletes struggling O-line
Oklahoma left guard Brian Simmons will not play in Saturday's game against Texas, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Monday evening.
Simmons, a 6-foot-4, 318-pound senior, injured his knee in the third quarter of last week's win over Baylor. Stoops declined to set a timetable for Simmons' return or say who would start in his place. Sophomore Stephen Good (6-6, 291) is listed as the backup at left guard, but Stoops said Oklahoma "worked the guys we work all the time" at the position during Monday's practice.
With Simmons out, left tackle Trent Williams is the only senior starter on an offensive line that has struggled this season.
"It just gives another guy an opportunity to play," offensive line coach James Patton said. "The next guy has got to step up and play well, be consistent and be excited about it. It's a great opportunity."
Stoops said receiver Ryan Broyles' status would not be determined until later in the week.
Broyles, who sustained a fractured shoulder blade during the Oct. 3 loss to Miami, practiced Monday. He leads Oklahoma with 23 catches for 346 yards and seven touchdowns.
"There's a chance he could play," Stoops said. "I'm not going to be definitive on that."
Tim MacMahon covers college football for ESPNDallas.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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