Walking wounded for OU spring game

It will be a lot of new faces for OU fans to get accustomed to Saturday at the spring game as 11 players will not suit up because of injury.

The Oklahoma spring game isn't going to be canceled, but the fans are going to see a lot of different faces than what they were expecting.

OU coach Bob Stoops announced Tuesday evening a number of minor injuries will keep out key players from the Red-White game Saturday afternoon.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard recently pulled a hamstring and won't be playing. His roommate, Durron Neal, was injured in Saturday's scrimmage and won't play because of the ankle injury.

It was revealed Friday tight end Blake Bell will miss the game with a sprained MCL. Stoops also said defensive linemen Rashod Favors and Quincy Russell will miss the game as will offensive guard Nila Kasitati. Kasitati missed the first week of spring, returned but has an infection that will need time to heal.

The good news for OU is all the injuries aren't deemed too serious, said Stoops, but obviously OU is going to play it safe with its players.

That list of six is added to the five guys that were already ruled out of spring practice in defensive back Julian Wilson, defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, offensive guards Adam Shead and Tyler Evans and offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson.

OU's spring game is 2 p.m. Saturday.

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