Oklahoma freshman running back Roy Finch sustained a hairline fracture in his ankle, when he injured it during last week’s scrimmage, coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday.
The injury originally was believed to be only a sprain.
“He’s in a cast, walking around best he can on crutches,” Stoops said. “He has a good attitude. Roy will do well. He’ll be back. And we expect him to play. They don’t foresee any complications. There’s no dislocation. Hopefully it goes smoothly.”
A timeline hasn’t been set for Finch’s return. Stoops said that type of injury usually takes six to eight to eight weeks of recovery but added: “There’s no displacement. It’s not like that. It’s just a little crack in the bone that should heal fine hopefully… They may X-ray it in five weeks and it looks good.”
Finch turned heads early in the preseason with his ability to make plays in the open field, and was vying for the backup running back spot behind starter DeMarco Murray.
Stoops said he still expects Finch to play this season, despite the injury, though it’s possible Finch ends up redshirting, especially if he misses the first half of the season.
In other injury news, defensive end Frank Alexander suffered a sprained ankle. Stoops said Alexander is probable for the season opener but a decision might not be made until late next week. Defensive tackle Adrian Taylor is making progress. Stoops said Taylor hasn’t been ruled out for the season opener but if he plays will be limited.
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