OU quarterback Sam Bradford does more in practice, still uncertain for Miami

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: September 29, 2009 at 12:09 pm •  Published: September 29, 2009

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford did more passing in Monday's practice than he has since separating his throwing shoulder in the season opener almost a month ago.

But whether the Heisman winner will play Saturday at Miami is a decision that won't be made until later this week, coach Bob Stoops said Monday night.

"It will be determined on how we go through the week, on how he performs, on how he feels," Stoops said. "To make sure he can make all the throws we need him to make. Until we go through practices, I won't know that."

Stoops pointed out that Bradford "looked good" Monday, but is waiting to see how the shoulder reacts to the strain of throwing more and with greater velocity.

"He seemed to feel fine," Stoops said. "But we'll see once he gets some ice on it, how it feels tomorrow probably matters. It's a gradual build up to the number of throws and how you throw it as you go through the week.

"It's something that's going to take some days here until we know."

Stoops refused to indicate at what point during the week he'd like to reach a verdict on Bradford, but didn't rule out it being a game-time decision.

Bradford was not available for comment after Monday's practice. Neither was redshirt freshman Landry Jones, who has started in place of Bradford at quarterback the last two games.

But several of the other offensive players admitted it was a boost for the team to see Bradford a more active participant in practice than he was last week.

Said left tackle Trent Williams, "To see 14 out there, it was a good feeling."

Said center Ben Habern, "To have him back and running around, it was encouraging."


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