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Sooner coach Jeff Capel says Blake Griffin's status won't be known until Monday

By John Helsley, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: February 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm •  Published: February 22, 2009
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NORMAN – Blake Griffin’s status for a Big Monday showdown with Kansas remains uncertain, with Oklahoma team doctors still monitoring his progress.

Griffin didn’t practice with the Sooners Sunday night, one day after suffering a concussion in a 73-68 loss at Texas. Griffin played just 11 minutes – none in the second half – and was limited to just two points and three rebounds.

“It’s a wait-and-see thing,” OU coach Jeff Capel said Sunday. “We’ll know more a little bit later today. Probably know more tomorrow.

“It’s the doctors who will determine that. If they say he can go and he says he can go... moreso what the doctors say.”

Griffin’s parents said their son made progress on the trip home from Austin and an MRI taken back in Norman returned clear.

Still, Capel said team doctors would take all the time available in monitoring his star player’s health before making a decision concerning Monday night.

“The most important thing is him and his future,” Capel said. “You don’t want to do anything to risk further damage. So that’s the most important thing. You’re going to proceed with caution with this and make sure he’s OK. And we’ll move on whichever way we have to – with him or without him.”

Griffin suffered the concussion in the first half Saturday night, although Capel said the particulars on how the injury occurred remain unclear.

There were separate incidents where Griffin took shots to the head – one from 6-foot-10, 300-pound Texas center Dexter Pittman and another by Longhorns point guard Dogus Balbay.