Good to Go?

Stephen Good hoped to end four-plus months of rehabilitation on a torn labrum by returning to action this week. Did doctors give the five-star offensive lineman the clearance he was hoping for?

Sooner commitment Stephen Good has returned to practice and was hoping to get doctors' clearance to play this week.

That didn't turn out to be the case, however.

"I found out a couple days ago that I'm not going to get to play this week," Good said on Tuesday.

Good, rated the No. 2 offensive guard in the country, is recovering from a torn labrum he suffered in spring ball.

He started practicing with his Paris, Texas, teammates a little over a week ago, taking a big step in recovery from what has been over four months of rehabilitation.

He said last week he hoped to be able to play in his team's first district game Friday night against Lindale.

"That's what I'm hoping for," he said last Tuesday. "But it's up to the doctors. They 've done a good job in taking care of me to this point, so when they say I can play, I'll play."

Good said he didn't take the bad news too easily when he was first told.

"I was a little upset at first, but the doctor talked to me and assured me I'd get to play this year, so everything is calm now."

The target return date now is Nov. 2 when Paris hosts Mount Pleasant on Senior Night.

"That's what we're going for," Good said.

For now, Good said he's happy to be back in action, even if it is only against teammates.

"It feels good to be in pads and practicing again," he said.

As a junior, Good was selected to the AP 4A All-State team while grading out at 93 percent. The five-star recruit had 87 pancake blocks and didn't allow a sack.


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