Monday, September 7, 2009

OU’s Bradford could return in 2-4 weeks

Sooners coach says QB probably won’t need surgery

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford lays on the ground following his injury late in the first half against BYU in Arlington, Texas, Saturday Sept. 5, 2009. Bradford did not return to play in the 14-13 loss to BYU.

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford lays on the ground following his injury late in the first half against BYU in Arlington, Texas, Saturday Sept. 5, 2009. Bradford did not return to play in the 14-13 loss to BYU.


— Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford is not expected to need surgery on his sprained right shoulder and the quarterback could play again for No. 3 Oklahoma in two to four weeks.

“Everyone’s different in how they heal, the soreness, how they handle it and how quickly it dissipates where he can move and be comfortable again throwing the ball,” Oklahoma Bob Stoops said after the Sooners’ practice Monday. “Anywhere from two to four weeks is what we’re anticipating.”

Stoops said the initial evaluations by doctors showed that Bradford did not suffer any damage to his collarbone, rotator cuff or other parts of his shoulder when he sprained his AC joint just before halftime in Oklahoma’s 14-13 loss to No. 20 BYU on Saturday. Those evaluations also did not suggest surgery, although another doctor’s opinion is due in today.

“In my mind, that’s completely out. That’s probably a little biased because obviously I want to be out there playing,” Bradford said. “After that opinion does come in, I probably will have to sit down with the coaches and my family one more time just to make sure that getting back out there is the right decision for me.”

Stoops said he expected to make an announcement today on the status of second-team All-America tight end Jermaine Gresham, who missed the BYU game with cartilage damage in his right knee.

Bradford said he spoke Sunday with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who had a bruised AC joint during his team’s run to the Super Bowl two years ago. Bradford has been told he has a Grade 3 sprain. He already started rehabbing Sunday, trying to improve the range of motion in his shoulder.

“It does feel a lot better today, not nearly as painful as it was Saturday,” Bradford said. “Hopefully I can keep progressing like this.”

Bradford has also received get-well wishes from the quarterbacks who finished second and third in last year’s Heisman Trophy balloting.

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, who became friends with Bradford during the Heisman festivities last December and then while rooming together at the Manning Camp for high school players over the summer, said Monday he sent his Sooners counterpart a text message.


97jhawk 11 years, 2 months ago

IMO, they ought to worry about Oct. 24th too. In the words of the late great Rodney Dangerfield, "No respect I tell ya! No respect!"

waywardJay 11 years, 2 months ago

righ tnow im pretty sure that's going to be bulletin board material.... of course it won't matter, even if bradford is cleared to play and we win... it will still be asterisked by the media saying that Bradford must still be feeling the affects of that shoulder injury the first game.

these guys don't want or need bulletin board materail.... they are hungry enough as it is....

Dillon Davis 11 years, 2 months ago

Oh great, possibly another game vs. OU without their superstar. That means i'm going to hear the same old crap about how the only reason we beat OU is because they didn't have their star player. It's not our fault he or Griffin got hurt, we're gona take what we're given and go out there and try to win. Plus, OU in basketball and football are (were) very good teams even w/o their stars. I hope Bradford is better by the time they play KU, because i think we are more than capable of beating them this year and to do it in Lawrence would be the greatest.

suttonku 11 years, 2 months ago

i said KU was going to beat OU well before Bradford was injured...I want him to play because I still think KU will beat OU...But Im hearing that Bradford could be out as long as 6 weeks! that does not bode well for OU...Goodbye BCS championship game

100 11 years, 2 months ago

Tough break for a good football team. A good chance their 4 & 5 star players will rally around this for the next few games.

As for our crowd, it is what it is -- fantastic is what it is. We just had more people in that stadium since John Wooden poured the concrete & John Riggins ran the football & Gale Sayers punted a 99 yard punt, or Wilt Chamberlain high jumped 7 feet, or Wilt sold programs, or even since John Hadl scored touchdowns or Dana Stubblefield tackled guys for 15 yard losses, or since Kerwin Bell rushed for 200 yards, or since Tony Sands rushed for 400 against Mizzou, or since Bruce Kalmeyer kicked 70 yard punts, or Willie Pless made 20 tackles a game, or even since Phog Allen & Dr. naismith coached the football Jayhawks to that historic 20-20 tie against Nebraska to get the stadium to get built in the first place, not to mention the most recent 76-39 game against that foe -- has there ever been THAT many people there. Not even during that amazing 15-14 beating of OU with Gale Sayers. Not even during the "impossible" victory against OU in 1983, where for all intents and purposes our team was the 321st best team in the country -- have we ever had more people there. Not until last Saturday.

Thank you Dr. Naismith, Phog Allen & John Wooden for Memorial Stadium.

Now it's just up to our fans to realize there are just a few more halfs of football we can watch Todd Reesing & crew rip opponents apart in Lawrence before he's gone forever from John Wooden Memorial Stadium.

Never again will we see such a sight.

gardenjay 11 years, 2 months ago

Football sure is tough on bodies. Hope your shoulder gets better soon, Sam. Remember that if nothing else, it builds character, although I am sure you will be back on the field soon.

If you do not get the Heisman, perhaps you win the later-in-life game! That kind of character building comes from hard knocks like these, but it would be pretty cool, eh? Then you can invite us [caring] KU fans onto your yacht in ten years.

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