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.”
NOBLE DEALS WITH LINGERING CONCUSSION
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.”
YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR
Seven of OU's 17 oral commitments for the class of 2011 will be on full display this week at high school all-star games.
Quarterback Kendal Thompson, running back Brandon Williams, cornerback Danzell Williams and defensive linemen Jordan Phillips and Nathan Hughes will take part in Wednesday's Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., which will be televised at 6 p.m. by ESPN.
On Saturday, defensive end Marquis Anderson and wideout Trey Metoyer will participate in San Antonio's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be televised at noon by NBC.
Stoops is advising both receiver Ryan Broyles and Travis Lewis return for their senior seasons. Neither player has gotten their NFL Draft Advisory Committee evaluations back, though, which will play significant roles in both players' decisions. ... Stoops noted the Sooners will consider using the 50-front defense “a lot” next season after it was so successful down the stretch this year. ... Senior running back Mossis Madu suffered a minor knee sprain against UConn, which could set back his training for the NFL Draft. ... Stoops said it's possible that wideout Dejuan Miller, who tore his ACL midseason, will be back in time for spring practice.