Oklahoma State football: Wes Lunt might have benefitted by wearing a brace

Former Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden wore a brace as a precaution
by Gina Mizell Published: September 23, 2012


photo - OSU quarterback Wes Lunt holds his knee after being injured on a play in the first quarter during a college football game between Oklahoma State University and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., on Sept. 15, 2012. Lunt left the game on crutches in the first quarter. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU quarterback Wes Lunt holds his knee after being injured on a play in the first quarter during a college football game between Oklahoma State University and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., on Sept. 15, 2012. Lunt left the game on crutches in the first quarter. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“That drove me crazy,” Gundy said of the brace. “It may not affect other players like it did me. And the braces, maybe, I'm guessing, are probably considerably different than they wore back in the '80s. So I don't know. Maybe? I guess?”

J.W. Walsh, the Cowboys' starter for the time being, has never worn a brace, because it restricts the dual-threat quarterback's ability to run. And Lunt's injury certainly has not scared him into putting one on for the UT game.

“If the coaches ask me to wear one or if something were to happen to my knee, then I would,” Walsh said. “But for right now, I'd prefer not to have one on, just because it keeps it free and it allows me to move a lot faster without it.”

Since moving onto the NFL, Weeden has stopped wearing the knee brace because he has to use his legs more in the Cleveland Browns' offense, he said.

Maybe when Lunt returns to the field, he'll add the brace to his uniform repertoire. Maybe he should have been wearing one all along.

But only so many injuries can be prevented.


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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