Birdine suffers season-ending injury

Junior defensive end Larry Birdine (above right) will miss the 2005 season with a torn left bicep muscle. Birdine was expected to have a breakout season after finishing second on the team with seven sacks a year ago as a backup.

Norman, Okla. — Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced Tuesday that junior defensive end Larry Birdine will miss the 2005 season with a torn left bicep muscle.

Birdine, who was the Sooners third-leading returning tackler (40) and leading returner in sacks (7) from a year ago from a year ago, suffered the injury several weeks ago and tweaked it again earlier this week.

Upon examination, doctors discovered a small tear that will not heal in less than five to six months months. The injury is similar to the one suffered by defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek last spring.

The injury to Birdine now moves junior college transfer C.J. Ah You and senior Calvin Thibodeaux into starting positions and makes redshirt sophomores John Wiliams and Alonzo Dotson backups in the four-man rotation at defensive end.

Birdine is a redshirt junior and can return next season.

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