Modified: September 27, 2007 at 7:57 am •  Published: September 27, 2007
Special cast allows McCoy to play with broken hand
Despite breaking a bone in his right hand, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been practicing and playing thanks to a cast he only wears on the field.

In games, McCoy can't grab with his right hand, but he can move his wrist thanks to adjustments made to the cast. He can also take the cast off before and after practice.

During the day, he tapes his middle and ring finger together to support the broken fourth metacarpal bone he suffered against Miami.

After missing the Utah State game, McCoy returned against Tulsa and made his first and only tackle of the season.

McCoy is excited about returning to the field in time for Big 12 Conference play.

"This is where it really counts,” McCoy said. "We need to keep our heads and play Sooner football.”

DE Williams to return next year? Tuesday, defensive end John Williams underwent successful surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon he suffered against Tulsa.

Williams has had his last three seasons ended prematurely by injury, the two before coming from knee injuries.

But Williams may not be done at OU.

Because Williams' injury came in the fourth game, he'll have a chance at receiving a medical redshirt from the NCAA to return for a sixth season, similar to what former OU quarterback Jason White received.

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