As Justin Blackmon remained face down on the turf for a few brief moments Saturday, apparently in pain, the unthinkable crossed quarterback Brandon Weeden's mind.
â€œI would say it, but I'd cuss,â€ Weeden said.
Weeden had plenty of company Monday, as word spread that Blackmon was wearing a boot and on crutches, the result of a sprained ankle suffered in Saturday's 48-14 rout of Kansas.
Only precautionary, a source told The Oklahoman, as is often the case with such injuries. Blackmon's participation in practices early this week could be limited, but the nation's leading receiver in yards and touchdowns is expected to play against Oklahoma on Saturday, the source said.
The injury occurred during the third quarter at KU, when his ankle was rolled up after making a catch and run. Blackmon did return, however, and later caught a touchdown pass.
After the game, he walked without any noticeable limp.
For a moment Saturday â€” and more moments Monday â€” there was concern.
â€œI was hoping he got the breath knocked out of him or something like that,â€ Weeden said of seeing Blackmon down. â€œHe was fine. He got up and played in the game, played well. He's a tough kid. He loves playing football. He'll battle through anything.â€
BRANDON WEEDEN'S BEDLAM BIG-GAME FLASHBACK
Weeden recalled playing one night in Boone Pickens Stadium â€” then Lewis Field â€” when it seemed like the entire city of Stillwater celebrated.
The Cowboys quarterback was actually in an Edmond Santa Fe uniform, battling Jenks in a Class 6A semifinal game. Down the road in Norman, OSU was upsetting the Sooners, 16-13.
â€œI remember we were playing, it was like the third quarter,â€ Weeden said, â€œand I remember Stillwater just erupting. I was like, â€˜What in the world?' We found out OSU ended up winning.
â€œ(People were) screaming. Bennett Hall was going crazy. It just sounded like they were in the stadium. It was amazing.â€