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OU Football Notebook: Corey Wilson "making good progress”

Oklahoman Published: March 26, 2009
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Oklahoma wide receiver Corey Wilson, who a month ago was critically injured in a car crash, is improving and may be released from the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center as early as the first week of April, coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday.

"He’s making good progress and continues to get stronger,” Stoops said. "I saw him this morning. The rehab and the way he is working and continues to make good progress, they’re hopeful he’ll be able to be released from the Thorpe rehab center April 3. He’s had a positive attitude with all his work every day.”

Wilson suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to OU Medical Center after his SUV collided with another vehicle while he was driving south on Interstate 35 near Pauls Valley.

After spending a week in OU Medical Center’s intensive care unit, he was moved to the Thorpe center.

Wilson was paralyzed from the waist down, but Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Travis Wilson, Corey’s older brother, told the Dallas Morning News this week that Corey has moved one of his toes and has gained sensation in his hips.

"He knows he’s going to walk. We respect the doctors and their profession," Travis told the newspaper, "but the only one who knows is the man upstairs.

"Corey is going to walk again. It might take two weeks. Or three weeks. Or six months. Or 10 years. But it’s going to happen."

Indoors again?
Before the break, the Sooners had to move their first scheduled scrimmage indoors and scale back the contact, due to weather.

Saturday, the same thing may happen to OU’s second scheduled scrimmage, as inclement weather is expected to hit the state this weekend.

"If it’s too bad to be outside, we may have to go indoors and simulate a scrimmage again,” said Stoops, whose team practiced Wednesday for the first time since returning from spring break.


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