|Foot injury to sideline Oklahoma's Granger|
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|Wednesday, 17 September 2008 15:10|
Coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday night that Granger and doctors were determining whether to insert a pin, which would take him out of action for an extended period.
``I know it's been reported that he's done for the year. That isn't the case yet,'' Stoops said after practice. ``If he gets it pinned and if that's the option that they go with, then obviously he would be. If he doesn't, he could be back in - who knows - maybe four, maybe five weeks, something like that.''
the second team after being sidelined by a back injury in preseason camp. After he had been sent home following a shoplifting arrest in Arizona, the Sooners gave up 349 yards rushing - the highest total in Stoops' tenure - to high-powered West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl in January. That was the only game he didn't play in over the last two seasons.
Of his 35 tackles last season, 8 1/2 went for a loss, including 3 1/2 sacks.
``We've got to keep going. It's simple as that: Got to keep on pushing,'' fellow defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. ``Yeah, he's a great player but we've still got to keep on going. In a season, things happen, life moves on and this is just part of life.''
Granger was hurt in the second quarter of Oklahoma's 55-14 victory at Washington on Saturday. One play after he was flagged for a personal foul for shoving down an offensive linemen after the whistle, three Huskies linemen teamed up to push Granger to the ground and pile on top of him. After being helped off the field, he returned to the sideline on crutches.
o it. I'm not going to speak on that.''
Stoops has said the Sooners won't be ``whining'' about the triple-team that resulted in Granger's injury.
``Those things happen in football. That's been going on for years in football, especially when you have two lines colliding,'' said defensive line coach Jackie Shipp, a former linebacker. ``That's been happening for the longest of long times. It goes on at every level - in high school, pro, college. Those things happen. In this game, you've got to learn how to take care of yourself.''
Starters Adrian Taylor and McCoy figure to get extra playing time, along with backup Cory Bennett, while Granger is out and Shipp said junior Cordero Moore will now move into the four-man rotation. He said freshmen Stacy McGee and Casey Walker will not be brought out of their redshirt years.
``It impacts us but we've got to move on. I'm not going to say we're not going to miss Granger being out there but we're a whole defense. One of our brothers went down. We've just got to keep on pushing,'' McCoy said.
``We can't let one person stop us from getting where we need to be, even a person that important to us.''
ntil hosting TCU on Sept. 27, Stoops said the decision on Granger's surgery wouldn't wait until next week.
``If it's going to happen, we're going to have to do it here fairly soon,'' Stoops said.