Oklahoma had something to be thankful for Thursday after all. Quarterback Sam Bradford, who suffered a concussion in last Saturday’s game at Texas Tech, has been cleared by physicians to play in the Sooners’ regular-season finale against Oklahoma State Saturday.

“Everything has checked out and barring any unforeseen circumstances Sam will play this week,” OU coach Bob Stoops said.

Bradford’s status was a huge question mark for the 10th-ranked Sooners. He was injured on OU’s first offensive play and his absence set OU’s 34-27 upset loss to Texas Tech in motion.

Bradford is college football’s top-rated passer with an efficiency rating of 179.4 and has completed 70 percent of his attempts.

The Putnam City North product has fired 28 touchdown passes against just six interceptions and is just one touchdown pass shy of tying the NCAA record for a freshman.

Bradford has established OU records for passing yards by a freshman with 2,520 and consecutive pass completions with 22. He tied a school mark by throwing five touchdown passes against North Texas.

The Soooner offense still won’t be at full strength Saturday. OU will be without leading rusher DeMarco Murray, who is out with a knee injury. But Bradford’s presence should make a difference.

Backup quarterback Joey Halzle, who threw for 291 yards and played well in the second half against Texas Tech, took the majority of the practice snaps in Monday’s practice.

Bradford’s status began to clear up later in the week. Stoops said Bradford took the majority of reps Tuesday and Wednesday.

John Shinn

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