OU football notebook: Defensive tackle returns to practice

Casey Walker will add depth to injury-riddled position
BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: November 15, 2010 at 10:03 pm •  Published: November 15, 2010

Defensive tackle Casey Walker, who's been out since September with a sprained knee, was back at practice Monday, a big boost to a position that's been depleted by injuries.

Saturday against Texas Tech, the Sooners lost defensive tackle Adrian Taylor to a season-ending torn Achilles to his right ankle. And freshman Daniel Noble is still not ready to play due to a knee injury, leaving OU with just Stacy McGee and Jamarkus McFarland and possibly Walker.

To cope, the Sooners have played defensive end Pryce Macon at tackle, and have asked end David King to slide into the middle as well.

“David is a big guy that's moving well,” coach Bob Stoops said. “He has a chance to help in there as well.”

Reserve guard Tavaris Jeffries has also been working at defensive tackle.

SURGERY FOR TAYLOR?

Stoops said it's too soon to know if Taylor will need surgery to repair the Achilles tear.

“They're going to have to wait until the swelling goes down and it clears up a little bit to see if he has to have surgery,” Stoops said. “Just how bad it is or not. I don't know how long it will be.”

When swelling clears, Taylor will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the tear.

MURRAY FINE

Running back DeMarco Murray, taken to the locker room with an injury during Saturday's game with Tech, is fine and was back at practice Monday.

“It's on his side, not his ribs,” Stoops said. “He was set to go back in if we needed him to last week.”



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