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October 10, 2013

Phillips’ status still uncertain

NORMAN — Oklahoma still isn’t sure whether defensive tackle Jordan Phillips will play against Texas on Saturday.

OU coach Bob Stoops hasn’t fully described what injury the sophomore is dealing with.

“He’s gotten better,” Stoops said after Wednesday’s practice. “So, we’re expecting him to play and hopefully practice some more here tomorrow. He’s making some improvement.”

Phillips has been held out of practice the last three days. If he cannot play, Jordan Wade and Torrea Peterson will get the snaps against Texas.

“Those guys have made significant improvement,” Stoops said. “Chuka (Ndulue) can play in there too some if need be, so you know, those guys are rotating really pretty well in there.”

Too rough: Through five games Oklahoma had two brushes with the targeting rule. Safety Gabe Lynn was initially called for an illegal hit against Tulsa, but Lynn’s ejection was overturned by review.

The other was a hit running back Brennan Clay took from Notre Dame safety Ben Councell that did result in an ejection.

Oddly, the player that thinks the rule goes overboard is Clay.

“I mean, especially since he has to miss playing time and all that. That’s a little bit too harsh for me,” Clay said. “It could be a 15-yarder, but for him to get ejected and not be able to play one of the biggest games they played the whole year, against us? I don’t feel like that’s justified at all.”

Players who get flagged for targeting are immediately suspended from the game. If the penalty occurs in the second half of a game, they must sit out the first half of the next game.

“I felt like it was a good hit. It hurt for a little bit, but you know, you get back up. That’s football. You’re gonna get hit,” Clay said. “It’s so hard to be able to control your body and play football at the same time. It’s a physical game. I was a victim of it, but I shook it off and got back in the game.”

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