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April 7, 2010

injuries already

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops announced following Tuesday’s practice that the Sooners had suffered their first serious injury of the spring.

Tight end/offensive tackle Eric Mensik will miss the rest of the practices due to a knee injury.

Stoops said the injury was in the junior’s medial collateral ligament, but it would not require surgery.

“It’s one (injury) that’s non-operative and heals in about six to eight weeks,” Stoops said. “He’ll concentrate on lifting and getting stronger in his upper body while that heals. It could have been a lot worse and it’s something that usually heals really well.”

Mensik was a tight end for the first three years of his career. Last season was his most productive, notching two catches for 14 yards and starting three of 13 games.

Because of two injuries, he was shifted to right tackle for the final two games last season and was expected to play full time this season.

He entered spring practice competing for the starting job with Cory Brandon at right tackle.

“Eric was doing really well,” Stoops said.

Assuming Mensik makes a full recovery from the injury that should remain the case. In the meantime, Stoops said the offensive line has performed well throughout spring practice.

“I’ve been pleased with the whole offensive line and how they’re working, competing and playing,” he said.

Coaches keep coming

Since spring practice began, a number of current and former college coaches have been in Norman to watch a couple Sooner practices.

Boise State coach Chris Peterson was a visitor two weeks ago. Former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt, who was an assistant coach at Kansas State with Stoops (he had Sooner defensive coordinator Brent Venables’ position), was in town for the Sooners’ practices last week.

Stoops said there weren’t any college coaches visiting Tuesday’s practice, but said former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was coming to town later this week.

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