Oklahoma football notebook: Gabe Ikard will likely miss spring

Senior center Gabe Ikard said after practice Monday that he's participating in individual drills, but can't do much else because of his broken hand.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 25, 2013

MCNAMARA PRACTICES

Tight end Taylor McNamara, who played in two games last season before receiving a medical redshirt, participated in his first practice of the spring Monday.

McNamara said the torn labrum that ended his 2012 season is 100 percent, and admitted that the extra season is probably for the best.

“As much as I wanted to come in and be a starter, I wasn't ready,” McNamara said.

McNamara enrolled early at Oklahoma and participated in practices last spring, which is when he said he initially injured his shoulder.

“Happened early in spring,” he said. “That's when I first tore it. I didn't get an MRI at the time. ... It just kept getting worse and worse.”

JONES WORKS OUT FOR BILLS

Former Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones held a private workout Monday for the Buffalo Bills — who hold the No. 8 overall selection in next month's NFL Draft — according to a report on the team's official website.

This offseason, Buffalo released Ryan Fitzpatrick, its starting quarterback the past two years. The Bills worked out West Virginia's Geno Smith and Florida State's E.J. Manuel last week.

NFL teams are allowed 30 pre-draft workouts at their facilities, but can schedule unlimited private workouts with prospects in the player's hometown or on his college campus.

Jones has been widely considered a third- to fifth-round NFL Draft prospect.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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