Ward practicing with the Sooners

OU freshman defensive end D.J. Ward has begun practicing with the team this week after recovering from having his spleen removed last month.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said it would be about six weeks for freshman D.J. Ward to recover from having his spleen removed. And it was.

Ward is practicing with the team, Stoops announced Wednesday evening following practice. OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery was talking to media in the team meeting room when Stoops playfully interrupted things with the announcement.

"Look guys, D.J. Ward's back practicing in case you were wondering," said Stoops, bringing Ward in the room.

Stoops quickly brought Ward out of the meeting room. Stoops said he wasn't sure if Ward would have to redshirt this season and nothing has been decided on that front.

Ward has not practiced with the team during camp. His spleen issue was discovered before camp started, and he just started practicing with the team this week, Montgomery said.

Ward was the top in-state prospect for the Class of 2013. He enrolled early to participate in spring practices but wasn't able to practice until the final week of spring as the NCAA reviewed his high school transcripts. Ward's eligibility has been straightened out.

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