Severely sprained ankle limits OSU's Justin Blackmon

by John Helsley Modified: November 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm •  Published: November 28, 2010

Mystery surrounded Justin Blackmon's status from the moment he was spotted in a walking cast on Monday.

Would he play? Would he still be a star, as he has in every game he's played this season?

The questions were the same, inside the program and out.

“We didn't totally know we were going to have him all week,” said Cowboys offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen.

Blackmon did play, but endured an uneven night, the result of a severely sprained ankle suffered in the Kansas game that swelled and turned worse the next day.

At times he was clearly hobbled; other times he flashed the brilliance that put him at atop the nation's receiving charts.

The stats showed a typical Blackmon performance: eight catches, 105 yards and a touchdown.

But the eyes showed different. OSU coach Mike Gundy put Blackmon at “60 to 70 percent.”

“Justin didn't practice all week. Didn't take one snap all week,” Gundy said. “We kept him in a cast for five days and put him in a boot the last day. I would suspect he'll be pretty sore tomorrow.

“He has a pretty high tolerance for pain. He wanted to play. He wanted to play with the pain and we really couldn't keep him out of there.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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