OU football notebook: Backup QB Halzle ready to play if needed

Modified: August 20, 2008 at 6:41 am •  Published: August 20, 2008
Carter out 2-3 weeks
Oklahoma backup strong safety Quinton Carter is expected to be out at least two weeks after undergoing minor knee surgery, coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday.

Carter, a sophomore out of Las Vegas, was sharing a reserve role with redshirt freshman Desmond Jackson behind returning starting free safety Lendy Holmes.

Freshman Joseph Ibiloye could also see more time at free safety while Carter recovers.

Carter's is the second knee injury of the preseason, though neither seems to be serious. Starting weak-side linebacker Austin Box underwent a similar procedure last week and is expected to only be out for next weekend's opener against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

•Halzle ready to play: When Sam Bradford was knocked out of the game during the first quarter at Texas Tech last season, OU fans recognized the importance of having a reliable No.

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Backup quarterback Joey Halzle, left, says he is ready to go if he is needed to step in for starter Sam Bradford, right. BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

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