NORMAN — Oklahoma will be without defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger for 4-6 weeks — or longer.
Longer, as in the rest of the season.
Granger's injury, suffered in the second quarter of Saturday's win at Washington, was originally termed a sprained foot. But further diagnosis has revealed something more involving "a tendon and the bone,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said after Wednesday's practice.
Stoops said when and if Granger returns will come down to a decision by the player and doctors on whether or not he undergoes surgery.
"They're experimenting with whether to let it heal — it takes four weeks or so — and for DeMarcus to try and come back,” Stoops said. "Or the other option is to possibly do surgery and pin it.
"Right now, DeMarcus and the doctors are still uncertain. I know it's been reported that he's done for the year. That isn't the case, yet. If he gets it pinned and if that's the option they go with, then obviously he would be. If he doesn't, he could be back maybe four, five weeks, something like that.”
The setback occurs just as Granger, considered a force against the run, was putting together his best game of the season. A back injury had slowed him late in preseason workouts, leading to Adrian Taylor starting the first three games, although Granger played significantly as part of a four-man rotation.