Berry Tramel: The pros, cons of OU quarterback Sam Bradford returning for Miami game

by Berry Tramel Modified: September 29, 2009 at 9:35 am •  Published: September 28, 2009
Good news came in waves over the weekend for the Oklahoma football Sooners.

Miami apparently is not the monster of yesteryear. Every team ranked ahead of OU seems intent on stumbling. And kickoff Saturday at Land Shark Stadium has been set for 7 p.m., which gives Sam Bradford an extra 4 1/2 hours of healing time.

To play or not to play, that is the question for Harry Heisman, who suffered a shoulder sprain 23 days ago against Brigham Young.

Now decision week has arrived. We should know soon whether the Sooners will have Bradford at the controls as they seek to break two OU losing streaks. Not since the 2001 Orange Bowl has Oklahoma won in Miami. Not since 1975 has Oklahoma beaten Miami in Miami. Two-game losing streaks on both fronts that seem like 20.

Will Bradford play? Only his coach knows for sure. His coach or his Birmingham doctor. His coach or his Birmingham doctor or a Mississippi television anchor who somehow got wind that an Oklahoma quarterback boarded an airplane in Texas to go see a surgeon in Alabama. It’s a dang small world.

Muddling the plot is the opponent and location. Miami is the kind of game OU could win with Sam in a sling or lose with Sam slingin’. Anything could happen.

Bradford obviously wants to play; he didn’t come back for another year of college to stand on the sideline watching Landry Jones grow whiskers on his face and resume’.

But Bob Stoops must turn Solomon in deciding who to quarterback against the Hurricanes.

Balancing team needs and Bradford needs is dicey. Sometimes congruent, sometimes not.

If doctors say Bradford is completely healed, then the decision is easy and Miami beware.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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