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.
“It's definitely not an off time or anything like that for me,” Ikard said. “I don't like missing practice with my teammates, but I'm doing what I can do right now to get healthy.”
Ikard injured his hand during the Sooners' first spring practice Sunday, March 10. A source close to Ikard said Monday that he'll probably be held out of team drills for the remainder of spring practices.
Ikard, who has started 37 career games on the offensive line, played high school football at Bishop McGuinness, and originally signed with OU as a tight end.
He started 12 games at left guard as a redshirt freshman, and started all 13 games his sophomore season, splitting time between guard and center.
Just before the beginning of last season, center Ben Habern chose to end his career because of lingering neck and back issues, causing Ikard to move full-time to the position.
He missed the Sooners' Nov. 10 home win over Baylor with a concussion. Ty Darlington started the game in Ikard's place and played well.
Then, in both the regular-season finale at TCU and in the Cotton Bowl, Ikard shifted to guard while Adam Shead fought through nagging injuries, and Darlington saw significant playing time.
Darlington and senior Austin Woods — the team's long snapper — have split time with the first-team offense this spring during Ikard's absence, first-year offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said.
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.