OU freshman Ward has spleen removed

OU coach Bob Stoops announced freshman defensive end D.J. Ward had his spleen removed Tuesday morning.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said freshman defensive end D.J. Ward had his spleen removed Tuesday morning.

Stoops said the team is hopeful he can recover in six weeks but said nothing is guaranteed because as of Tuesday morning, he wasn't sure how the procedure went.

Ward, who was the top-ranked prospect in Oklahoma for the Class of 2013, has not practiced with the team since camp started two weeks ago. Stoops said the spleen issue was detected before practices began.

If Ward can make a full recovery, Stoops also didn't rule out the chance he could play this season. He said there is no guarantee Ward will have to take a medical redshirt year.

Originally from Lawton, Okla., Ward transferred from Lawton for his senior season to Oklahoma City Douglass before eventually ending up at Moore (Okla.) Southmoore. Ward was not eligible for last season and hasn't played since his junior season.

The other burning question for OU's defensive line had no update as Stoops said there was nothing new to report regarding the status of defensive tackle Quincy Russell.

Stoops said Monday he is hopeful Russell will be able to arrive to campus sometime this week but that is out of the control of OU at this point.


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