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OU football notebook: Bradford has torn ligaments in left hand

Oklahoman Modified: December 1, 2008 at 12:44 am •  Published: December 1, 2008
Quarterback Sam Bradford has torn ligaments in the thumb of his non-throwing hand and will have surgery after the Big 12 Championship game, coach Bob Stoops said Sunday.

Bradford suffered the injury on OU’s third series of Saturday’s game at Oklahoma State. That forced the Sooner offense to operate primarily out of the shotgun the rest of the game.

Stoops said Bradford will wear a soft cast in the Big 12 title game against Missouri. The surgery shouldn’t preclude him from playing in OU’s bowl game.

Bradford’s play didn’t seem to be affected by the injury against OSU.

He completed 30 of 44 passes for 370 yards and four TDs in OU’s 61-41 victory.

Middle linebacker Austin Box suffered a sprained knee against OSU and will miss the Big 12 title game, Stoops said.

Junior-college transfer Mike Balogun will start in place of Box in the middle against Missouri.

Stoops said it’s "too far out to know” if Box will return in time for OU’s bowl game.

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