The walking wounded Sooners

OU lost more than a game at Baylor. The Sooners could be without vital pieces for the stretch run, adding to some key losses already.

Nobody wanted to say anything. Through the first month of the season, Oklahoma was relatively unscathed in the injury department.

But September is long gone and now in the middle of November and the Sooners have been hit by the injury bug.

Or should we say OU has been demolished by the bug? Everybody knows injuries a part of the game, and OU coach Bob Stoops isn't asking anybody to cry for him, but here's a look at what injuries have occurred and how it has affected the team.

DT Jordan Phillips

Phillips was having a monster first month of the season when a back injury slowed him down. What was revealed later was it's a genetic issue for Phillips. He had surgery and is excited about returning to the team in 2014.

OU has actually fared OK in this department. Torrea Peterson, Chuka Ndulue have fared well, while defensive ends Charles Tapper and Geneo Grissom have applied constant pressure. But in losing Phillips, OU lost the one man who could plug up the middle and disrupt things on a consistent basis.

LB Corey Nelson

Nelson injured himself in the win against TCU. It was later revealed he partially tore his pectoral muscle, and he, too, has had surgery to end his senior season. He is hoping to get a medical redshirt but that remains to be seen.

Nelson's absence has made freshman Dominique Alexander earn a baptism by fire. Alexander has had a share of tough freshman moments, but he has played well, including getting a sack and safety last week at Baylor.

FB Trey Millard

The heart and soul of the team, Millard tore his ACL two weeks ago. Right now there is no answer for Millard. None.

OU wasn't able to run the ball at all against the Bears, 34 carries for 87 yards on the road will not get the job done. Millard was Mr. Versatility for the team, and OU's answer to losing him hasn't been found yet.


Those three are out for the season, but the loss at Baylor was more than just on the scoreboard. OU suffered what could be some serious injuries the rest of the way. Stoops said the injury situation is not good, and we should learn more this week.

WR Sterling Shepard

Early reports are it was a mild concussion. If it is, wow. Everybody saw the hit given to Shepard in the first quarter against the Bears that knocked him out cold.

He returned to the sidelines and encouraged his teammates. Without Shepard, though, OU didn't have that second consistent threat. Jalen Saunders had a solid game with six catches for 74 yards, but the Sooners couldn't find a reliable No. 2.

Concussions are never a light issue, but especially with Shepard. He suffered two concussions as a sophomore in high school.

LB Jordan Evans

Evans replaced Frank Shannon against Texas Tech, but it was Evans who got hurt against Baylor. Evans had his ankle rolled up on by tight end Brannon Green on special teams.

Shannon isn't 100 percent, either, but he played anyway against the Bears. It remains to be seen if Evans can play, but it doesn't look good.

RB Keith Ford

The unknown injury. Ford hasn't had a carry as a running back since fumbling against Kansas, but he was injured on special teams against Baylor. In the fourth quarter, Ford was spotted using crutches.

DB Julian Wilson and CB Aaron Colvin

Both have had their issues this season and both left the game Thursday. Colvin missed a game earlier this season with a tooth problem and possible concussion and has also been dealing with a shoulder issue.

OU isn't the only team to be hit hard by all the injuries. But with three games left in the regular season, including the last two on the road, the task continues to get tougher for the Sooners.

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