OU's D.J. Ward has spleen removed

by Ryan Aber Published: August 13, 2013

That didn’t happen until three days before the Sooners’ spring game in April, and Ward had to work out without pads for two days before making his debut in pads during the spring game.

He was thought to have a chance to compete for playing time at a position where the Sooners lost starters R.J. Washington and David King from a season ago.

Stoops said he hadn’t considered whether Ward will need to take a redshirt season.

“It’s way too early to say that,” Stoops said. “We’re not even into the season. We’re still two-and-a-half weeks from the season, so not necessarily.”

A six-week recovery time could put Ward back in time for the fourth game of the season, at Notre Dame on Sept. 28.

What is a splenectomy?

Sooners freshman defensive end D.J. Ward underwent a splenectomy Tuesday morning to remove his spleen after the organ became inflamed.

The spleen is an organ that sits under the rib cage on the left side of the abdomen. It helps fight infections, filters material such as old and damaged blood cells and produces some red and white blood cells.

Enlargement of the spleen is typically caused by infections, liver disease or cancer.

The spleen can be removed laparoscopically.

After the spleen has been removed, patients are more susceptible to infections.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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