Originally published October 19, 2009 at 07:16p.m., updated October 20, 2009 at 12:00a.m.

Bradford out for Saturday’s game against KU

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, bottom, re-injured his shoulder after being sacked by Texas cornerback Aaron Williams on Saturday. Bradford will undergo season-ending surgery and will enter the NFL draft.

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, bottom, re-injured his shoulder after being sacked by Texas cornerback Aaron Williams on Saturday. Bradford will undergo season-ending surgery and will enter the NFL draft.


— Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford has been ruled out of No. 25 Oklahoma’s game this week at 24th-ranked Kansas, but coach Bob Stoops says any decision beyond that is yet to come.

“I think the fair thing to say is right now, he’s not going to play this week,” Stoops said Monday night after the Sooners’ practice. “I just assumed everyone understood that. From there, the path hasn’t been determined yet.”

Bradford re-injured his right shoulder on Oklahoma’s second possession during a 16-13 loss to No. 3 Texas on Saturday. The quarterback had previously been out a month with a sprain of the AC joint in his right, throwing shoulder.

Stoops said Bradford would be visiting with doctors and his family over the next few days, and he didn’t expect to have an update on Bradford until at least Wednesday or Thursday.

Bradford had been projected as an early NFL draft pick, but decided instead to return for his junior season with the Sooners. He was injured just before halftime against BYU and missed Oklahoma’s next three games before returning to throw for 389 yards against Baylor.

He was hurt again when Texas cornerback Aaron Williams sacked him in the first quarter Saturday.

“We’ll see what the path is, what everyone determines is best for him — what he and doctors and everyone else feel is the road to take,” Stoops said.

Bradford said after the game that he wouldn’t make any decisions about whether his college career was over until after the season. He was not available for interviews after practice Monday.

Stoops said his only advice to Bradford was that he do whatever is best for his future.

“He understands that I’m for him, and he’s been told that,” Stoops said. “I’m for whatever he feels. We’re behind him 100 percent, whatever he feels is best for him. But he’s the guy that can answer that.”

Stoops also said that starting left guard Brian Simmons will be “out for several weeks” with a right knee injury that forced him to miss the Texas game and it’s uncertain if he’ll return this season.

“We’ll see,” Stoops said. “That’s down the road.”


Michael Auchard 10 years, 7 months ago

No surprise here, but Bradford or no Bradford, beating OU will be a challenge. Winning will really help our resume.

100 10 years, 7 months ago

OU lost to the #3 team in the nation on a neutral field with Bradford taking only 3 snaps. By 3 points.

It's time to take every half with an absolute scorers mentality on offense -- let's challenge ourselves to grab those first downs with two downs instead of 3.

No more wasted possessions.

On D, we must attack -- it's time to pull out some Dana Stubblefield footage & study what it means to attack.

Additionally, at this stage of an athlete's career, warming up & getting emotionally, physically & mentally fired up cannot be overstated.

We looked dead for a full quarter of the CU game -- we must love the game of football, wake up, warm up & carry a swagger.

Let's beat these guys!

Lance Hobson 10 years, 7 months ago

Great, Landry Jones will have his breakout game against us. At least the Chiefs will still be in the running for Bradford.

kuhawk07 10 years, 7 months ago

whats up with OU best players being scared to play against KU? First Blake Griffin, now Bradford!

sdoyel 10 years, 7 months ago

Not only attack on D, we have to FINISH. That means GET TO THE QB and wrap up on those TACKLES!

Spencer Goff 10 years, 7 months ago

Not trying to flame you Strikes, but the Chiefs won't draft Sam Bradford, they just forked over a butt ton of money for Matt Cassel, he is Egoli's guy, and by then it will only be one season in the books. And if I were Bradford, I wouldn't want to go there. Check this out:

Bradford has barely been hit in his college career (virtually untouched all of last year) and his shoulder has exploded twice in two incomplete games this season. You put him behind the Chiefs current offensive line and the poor kid might lose a limb right on the field. The Sooners allowed 13 sacks in 2008 in 14 games, only two teams allowed fewer.

The Chiefs allowed 13 sacks by the end of week 4.

If Bradford has any sense at all, he stays off a football field until his shoulder is 100%, right now every NFL team is thinking the same thing I am, if he cannot take hits there, how is he going to survive with guys like Ray Lewis and Jared Allen blasting him? Is this shoulder always going to be a problem? Is he soft? Nobody says it, yet, but you can bet at the combine that is going to be priority #1.

I wish the best for the kid because he seems to be a likable guy, which means until my Chiefs have a real offensive line, I wouldn't wish QB'ing for them on my worst enemy.

Rick Arnoldy 10 years, 7 months ago

No "woohoo" from me. I hate it when we go against a (relatively) unknown QB. I'd rather go against someone we've been able to scout.

brownhawk 10 years, 7 months ago

I like our chances playing OU at home, but it's definitely not going to be an easy game by any means. Our defense has to persue harder and finish plays, tackle better and not allow Landry Jones to sit in the pocket all day because he will pick us apart. Offense needs to take advantage of good field position, no wasted posessions, and for the love of god, no dropped passes! I think it is very doable, they just need to focus a little harder and play with a little more swagger...where's Talib when you need him?

FSUJHAWK 10 years, 7 months ago

The keys to this game will be: 1) A quick start for the boys 2) Limiting turnovers to 1 or less 3) A running attack producing at least 130yds 4) The defense keeping a steady head and making at least two stops in the 4th quarter 5) The student section bringing their Allen Fieldhouse attitude to the game....until the clock shows 0:00.

End result = Jawyhawks in a sqeaker.....

shelleysue 10 years, 7 months ago

6) Special teams will need to be improved. 7) I can't say this enough - wear blue and stand up and yell the ENTIRE game. (my apologies to the guy behind me. You can make hateful comments all you want but I'm not sitting down!!)

Phoggin_Loud 10 years, 7 months ago

We interrupt this program to bring you the following Public Service announcement.

Students: -The temp should reach 63 degrees but it could be windy in the stadium. Make sure you bring a light jacket. The low will be 38 degrees and cement can hold the cold, so you may want to wear shoes with socks. Flip Flops may be too cold. We wouldn't want your toesies to suffer. Plus, You may be standing for 3 hours or so. -The game starts at 2:30. This leaves enough time to sleep, even after a late Friday night. Bring your outside voices for the game. It is O.K. to yell loud, so encourage your friends to join you. You never know, you may even be on t.v.!!! How exciting. -The party is at the stadium, not another location. All other activities have been cancelled for this time-period. The game should be over by 6:30...but plan on 7:00, just in case. This leaves enough time re-group before the post-game party, at a destination of your choice.

This public service announcement is from all other Jayhawk Football fans who are still pissed that you decided to leave early vs. Iowa State. This concludes our Public Service announcement. Thank you.

Ben Kliewer 10 years, 7 months ago

Landry Jones a relatively unknown quarterback? Hasn't he been playing half of this season? There should be plenty of tape to scout on him!

Craig Lang 10 years, 7 months ago

I agree with Kleave. Jones has played enough games for KU's defense to study him. I think the tape of the Texas game is a great study for this team to learn how to stop the OU offense from advancing. I think if KU's defense can keep Jones and his offensive line to 13 points, the KU offense can easily get enough points to earn a victory.

LeBo 10 years, 7 months ago

Elect Phoggin Loud for Douglas County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator!

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