The Norman Transcript

October 29, 2013

Stoops says critical injuries are unavoidable

Losing Nelson, Phillips and Millard dealt unfortunate blows

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma has suffered three major season-ending injuries through seven games. Fullback Trey Millard’s knee injury left him out along with linebacker Corey Nelson (pectoral tear) and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (back surgery).

There’s no doubt the injuries have hurt the Sooners. Millard and Nelson were senior captains and essential elements on their respective sides of the ball. Phillips was showing the potential to be OU’s best interior defensive lineman since Gerald McCoy.

But there’s nothing that can be done when it comes to injuries like the ones they suffered.

“Our trainers and doctors evaluate all our injuries. They’re always unusual in how they happen. Jordan has a back that’s genetic. I don’t know what kind of study would do anything there. Anterior cruciate ligaments are torn every week, from every team, including even Adrian Peterson, who probably trains better than anybody in the world,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “So, they happen. That’s part of this game. I’m sure the NFL is as meticulous and detailed and trained as they can be, they seem to have a whole bunch of them. Can’t keep a quarterback in the game. It’s just part of playing football.”