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OU football notebook: Ronnell Lewis should recover

Defensive end spends Sunday in Phoenix hospital with neck injury
BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, Modified: January 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm •  Published: January 2, 2011

Sophomore defensive end Ronnell Lewis, who was carted off the field on a stretcher Saturday night with a neck injury, was still at a Phoenix-area hospital Sunday morning as doctors continued to run tests.

Lewis is believed to have suffered an injury similar to what former Sooner Brody Eldridge did last season. After wearing a neck brace for several weeks, Eldridge made a full recovery and is now playing in the NFL.

“He should be able to recover from it and be OK,” coach Bob Stoops said. “It's just going to take a little time.”


Stoops revealed Sunday that freshman defensive tackle Daniel Noble, who missed the last eight games of the season, has been suffering from complications due to a concussion.

“He had symptoms still, he wasn't over the concussion,” Stoops said. “Never was able to play for whatever reason. Trainers never felt comfortable putting him back.”

Stoops said the program will try and get Noble a medical redshirt but didn't think it would be successful.

Stoops doesn't think the concussion will be career-ending, but it's something the medical staff will have to continue monitoring.

“I think he'll be OK,” Stoops said, “but you don't know.”

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