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WR Johnson out for No. 16 Sooners

Oklahoman Published: November 13, 2006
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NORMAN (AP) - Oklahoma receiver Manuel Johnson will not play Saturday against Baylor after being knocked out on a helmet-to-helmet hit in the Sooners' game against Texas Tech this weekend.

Johnson, who has 23 catches for 255 yards this season, had started the previous three games before the No. 16 Sooners (8-2, 5-1 Big 12) opened in a three tight end set against the Red Raiders.

"They're not having him do anything yet. They'll start getting him into some lifting and some exercising the middle of the week but he won't play this week," coach Bob Stoops said.

Johnson was hospitalized after the game Saturday but returned home on Sunday.

"He's all right. He looks normal. He got a concussion. A real bad concussion is what he had," said Malcolm Kelly, a fellow receiver and one of Johnson's roommates. "He came home yesterday, laughing and joking like there wasn't nothing wrong. He's cool."

Johnson had just caught a 4-yard pass when he and Texas Tech's Chris Parker collided and hit helmets. Johnson had to be carted off the field and taken to a waiting ambulance.

"His whole body was just stiff, kind of like you see a squirrel laying on the side of the road. That's how he was, just laying on the ground," said Kelly, who also was the first to attend to Johnson.

"It scared me, and I asked the trainer what was wrong with him and then he acted like he didn't want to tell me, like it was something real bad. So then I got real mad."

Kelly said Johnson was completely still for about 35 seconds before he opened his eyes, appearing as though he didn't know where he was.

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