Both linebacker Corey Nelson and defensive lineman Jordan Phillips underwent surgeries Tuesday after suffering season-ending injuries recently.
Nelson tore his pectoral muscle in the Sooners win over TCU but delayed his surgery for a week so that he could be with the team during last Saturday's game against Texas. He is a senior.
Phillips sat out the last two games with what Sooners coach Bob Stoops said was a genetic issue.
Monday, Stoops said that Phillips, a redshirt sophomore, would need to have surgery for a back problem.
Stoops said Wednesday that both players' surgeries had been successful.
Nelson had 24 tackles, a sack and an interception return for a touchdown before his injury.
Phillips had seven tackles and 1.5 sacks and had been a force at nose guard for the Sooners.
RUSSELL STILL CATCHING UP
Junior defensive lineman Quincy Russell, who was highly touted coming out of Trinity Valley Community College, hasn't played in the last three games, even after Phillips was injured.
Russell arrived late in preseason camp and Sooners coaches said this week that Russell was still behind.
“I think it's just consistency with any young player,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “They're going to be inconsistent and him being here so late, trying to get caught up.”
With Phillips out, Jordan Wade has started at nose guard with Torrea Peterson spending time at the spot as well.
BELL HEADING HOME
Sooners quarterback Blake Bell will have plenty of support at Saturday's game at Kansas, though some of his fans in attendance will be rooting on the Jayhawks.
Bell, who's from Wichita, Kan., will have a large group of friends and family at the game.
His cousin, Beau Bell, is a walk-on linebacker for the Jayhawks.
“Anytime I can play in Kansas,” Blake Bell said. “I'm excited.”
NORVELL: JAYHAWKS WILL BE TOUGH
Despite going against a Kansas team this weekend that has dropped 23 consecutive Big 12 games and 25 consecutive games against teams currently in the league, Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell insists the Jayhawks defense will be a challenge.
“They are very aggressive,” Norvell said. “They're very improved defensively.
“It'll be a similar challenge to a week ago. … They're a very stingy defense. They make you work to get open, so we've got to do a very good job this week in the passing game.
The Jayhawks are allowing 222.2 passing yards per game, nearly 70 less than they did a year ago.
Kansas also has 12 takeaways, tied for fourth in the Big 12. The Jayhawks have also turned the ball over 11 times themselves.
“At the end of the day, I don't find my value or my worth as a person or as an offensive coordinator from what's going on on the outside and our players can't do that either. You've gotta be confident, know the direction that you're going, believe in yourself and believe in the guys around you and go to work every single day. That's what everybody in here's doing.”
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BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY