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Oklahoma sophomore defensive end Michael Onuoha will miss first three games after spring shoulder surgery

by Jason Kersey Published: August 6, 2013
Michael Onuoha, from Edmond Santa Fe, will miss the Sooners' first three games of the 2013 season after a shoulder surgery. PHOTO BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN
Michael Onuoha, from Edmond Santa Fe, will miss the Sooners' first three games of the 2013 season after a shoulder surgery. PHOTO BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — Oklahoma sophomore defensive end Michael Onuoha isn’t practicing and won’t return to action until after the third game of the season, coach Bob Stoops said after practice Tuesday morning.

“We’re excited about Michael,” Stoops said. “Michael had his operation in the spring and we’re optimistic we’ll get him back in the third game or so and there’s a long year to play. If something happens to some other guys he’s back in the mix maybe in the middle or early in the year where he’s ready to help again.”

Later Tuesday, a source close to Onuoha told The Oklahoman that he had shoulder surgery and should start practicing again in mid-September.

According to the source, Onuoha’s shoulder has bothered him for “a long time.”

The Edmond Santa Fe product played sparingly as a true freshman last season.

The news about Onuoha comes a day after Stoops revealed true freshman defensive end D.J. Ward isn’t practicing, either, because of a “spleen issue.”


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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