STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy believes injured quarterback Wes Lunt could return to practice by the end of this week, although he is still uncertain whether he'll be able to play Saturday night against No. 12 Texas.
Gundy said Monday that he'd be surprised if Lunt is on the field when the Cowboys (2-1) resume practice Tuesday. Lunt was hurt against Louisiana-Lafayette, and his left leg was immobilized last week in a cast. Feedback from the team's medical staff of late has been promising.
"Everybody wants to know something but there's just not really much to say," Gundy said. "They cut him out of his cast (Sunday) and he looked good. ... They like the way he looked, all the stuff that they think is important. I joked with them. I said, 'Well, you need to get him out there Wednesday or Thursday,' and they acted like that there's a chance that he could be out there. Now, is he going to be full speed? I don't know."
Lunt was injured on the sixth play of Oklahoma State's 65-24 victory on Sept. 15. J.W. Walsh replaced him and led the Cowboys to a school-record 742 yards of total offense.
Gundy said he'd have an update on Lunt on Friday, when OSU releases its game week injury report. He has said he's not trying to withhold information on Lunt for a competitive advantage against the Longhorns (3-0).
"I don't really think it's a factor," Gundy said. "I think they're down their practicing for J.W. because they know that Wes is injured. Could he go out there and play some Saturday? I guess he could, but we all have a feel that J.W. is probably going to be the guy that plays the most, unless it's something out of the ordinary."
While Walsh is more of a running threat than Lunt, Gundy claims Oklahoma State won't make wholesale changes to its offense because it would adversely affect the rest of the players. With Walsh in the game against Louisiana-Lafayette, OSU frequently used two tight ends instead of four-receiver sets.