Cowboy Football Notebook: Brandon's Thumb

STILLWATER - Starting quarterback Brandon Weeden injured his thumb and had to go to the locker room for X-rays during Saturday's game against Washington State. He said in post-game interviews that it was nothing serious, and head coach Mike Gundy reinterated that during Monday's news conference.

"He should be fine. I don't know what you actually call a sprained thumb but we expect him to practice tomorrow," Gundy said of Weeden, who completed 22 of 30 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns (all to Justin Blackmon) in his debut as the starting quarterback.

The Cowboys have Monday off and return to the practice field on Tuesday.

Injury Update: Jarka & Donaldson
Starting defensive tackles Shane Jarka (knee) and Chris Donaldson (ankle) suffered injuries with a few plays of each other during the second quarter of Saturday night's opener. Neither returned to play the remainder of the game. Gundy said that Jarka probably would not play in Saturday's game against Troy, and that he expects Donaldson to practice this week.

Jamie Blatnick returns Saturday?
Suspended defensive end Jamie Blatnick is expected to play against Troy, if you read into Gundy's comments during Monday's news conference.

"We're taking that under consideration. His legal issues are over now, (and) all of that has been determined. I've been observing him and taking into consideration how I think that he's handled the situation personally. We're going to give him more reps this week, and make that decision on Friday," said Gundy.

"At some point, I would like to put it to rest, just like with Victor (Johnson). It's dangled out there for a long time. It's time to put it to rest. He's gotten his punishment, how many ever games he sits out, and whatever he got internally within our program, and he needs to move forward and we need to move forward, and everybody needs to give him a chance to move forward. So, we'll make that determination on Friday."

Holgorsen Hears From Leach
First-year offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen spent eight years at Texas Tech with Mike Leach, so it's no coincidence that he heard from the former Red Raiders head coach following OSU's 65-point performance in the season opener.

"He said that the quarterback (Weeden) looked decent and the running back (Kendall Hunter) is the best in the country, and he's seen (Hunter) up close and personal. Two years ago we saw it up close and personal. He's got a tremendous amount of respect for Kendall. I didn't throw the ball a whole bunch but he said that he didn't blame me very much," Holgorsen said of his telephone conversation with Leach.

Holgorsen was asked what Leach thought of the Cowboys' new diamond formation in which two fullbacks line up beside Weeden in the shotgun and Hunter is lined up behind them similar to the I-formation. "We didn't talk about that. You know, you get on the phone with Mike and it's a minimum of an hour anyway. If we'd got into that conversation it would've been two to three hours," Holgorsen said with a grin.

Kendall or Barry?
Kendall Hunter will surpass Barry Sanders for No. 4 on the Oklahoma State career rushing chart with 667 rushing yards. But in Gundy's mind there is really no comparison between the two running backs.

"Kendall is a good player but I have a hard time comparing players to Barry," said Gundy, who played with the Pro Football Hall of Famer during the 1987 and '88 seasons.


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