The foot strikes the Oklahoma athletic program again. And it's with another guard on the basketball team. Sophomore guard Jelon Hornbeak will miss the next 6-8 weeks following surgery Wednesday to repair a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal.
Last year it was a fractured foot that sidelined guard Buddy Hield. A recent flare up of Hield's injury kept him from participating in OU's recent five-game tour in Europe.
The news comes as a blow as OU coach Lon Kruger praised Hornbeak for the way he performed on the court and as a leader during the European trip.
The foot problem hasn't been limited to basketball. Freshman wide receiver Jordan Smallwood is going to be forced to redshirt because of a foot injury, and quarterback Kendal Thompson is still in the process of recovering from a fractured foot he suffered during the first day of camp three weeks ago.
With Hornbeak sidelined, that should open the door more for freshman guard Jordan Woodard to start to take control of the team. Kruger said Hornbeak and Woodard were sharing the duties at point guard overseas. Hield was held out for precautionary reasons only and will be ready to go when OU begins practicing once again.
Hornbeak should be fully recovered by the time the season begins.