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OU's Samaje Perine out with pulled muscle

OU will be without running back Samaje Perine for at least two weeks, said coach Bob Stoops.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said running back Samaje Perine will miss at least the next two weeks with a pulled muscle.

Perine injured himself in the first quarter of OU’s 38-17 win against Kansas State. Following the game, Stoops said Perine could have come back if needed but now it’s pretty clear that cannot be the case.

The Sooners entered the season with five scholarship backs but are now down to two with Joe Mixon and true freshman Abdul Adams.

“Samaje Perine has a slight pulled muscle, so he will be out at least two weeks, maybe three," Stoops said. "That’s going to be ongoing. A running back with a slight pull, we’ve just got to make sure that it heals probably. That will be here for a couple of weeks, for sure.”

Running back Rodney Anderson suffered a season-ending neck injury before the year started. Senior Daniel Brooks has retired because of concussions and now Perine is banged up.

It will definitely play a major role with how Stoops uses the running backs the rest of the way. He said the possibility of moving guys like Dimitri Flowers to the position and having guys like Carson Meier or Mark Andrews of moving into that fullback spot.

The loss is a huge one for OU, especially against a team like Texas Tech that has had so many defensive issues during the first half of the season.

Stoops said Perine will miss at least two weeks but could be even more depending on how things progress from here.

OU faces Kansas and Iowa State in its next two games following the trip to Lubbock.

Perine has rushed for 475 yards on 88 attempts with six touchdowns and also had a touchdown reception against Kansas State on Saturday on the initial drive of the game.

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