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OU football: Granger will try to rehab injured foot

By Jake Trotter Modified: September 19, 2008 at 6:51 am •  Published: September 19, 2008
DeMarcus Granger is not done just yet.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Thursday the junior defensive tackle will attempt to rehabilitate his injured left foot instead of undergoing season-ending surgery.

Stoops said Granger should be out at least three to four weeks, "and then we'll just see from there.”

Granger's injury, suffered in the second quarter of Saturday's victory at Washington, was originally termed a sprained foot. But further diagnosis earlier this week revealed something more severe involving a tendon and a bone.

Several media outlets reported Wednesday that Granger would undergo surgery and be out for the season.

But Wednesday evening, Stoops said, "That isn't the case, yet. If he gets it pinned and if that's the option (Granger and the doctors) go with, then obviously he would be. If he doesn't, he could be back maybe four, five weeks, something like that.”

Granger is likely to miss games against TCU, Baylor and Texas.

But if his rehabilitation goes well, Granger could return in time for an Oct. 18 home game against Kansas.

This season, Granger has six tackles and a fumble recovery, but had his best performance of the year at Washington.

A nagging back injury slowed him during preseason workouts, leading to Adrian Taylor starting the first three games. Granger, however, played significantly as part of a four-man rotation along with Taylor, Gerald McCoy and Cory Bennett.

Granger started 11 games a year ago and was named second team All-Big 12.

Until Granger returns, junior Cordero Moore will be counted on to be the team's fourth defensive tackle.

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