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How long will OU's Travis Lewis be out?

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: August 9, 2011

Doctors estimate Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis will be sidelined eight weeks with a broken toe in his left foot.

What are the odds of Lewis returning a couple of weeks early to play against nationally ranked Florida State (Sept. 17) and Missouri (Sept. 24)?

It depends on how quickly the toe heals and if Lewis is allowed to play with some pain.

“We're disappointed for Travis,” coach Bob Stoops said in a statement. “He has worked very hard and I know he'll want to get back as quickly as possible.”

Most NFL players with a broken toe are sidelined four to six weeks, but every injury is different.

Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson played with a fractured big toe without missing a game during the 2008 season.

On the other end of the spectrum, Lions running back Jahvid Best had a disappointing rookie season because he tried to play through a toe injury without giving it time to heal.