Coach Mike Gundy and his staff have been on vacation the past week and are scheduled to meet on Monday to begin preparation for the upcoming season. Gundy was unavailable for comment but was expected to arrive in Oklahoma on Saturday.
Woods primarily played on special teams and had two receptions last year as a true freshman. After a strong spring performance, Woods was one of the leading candidates to start opposite all-Big 12 wide receiver Adarius Bowman.
Woods arguably was the offensive MVP in the spring game after hauling in four catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
"Artrell is one of our starters, a big part of what we do offensively,” Fedora said. "You hope for the best.”
The NFL's David Pollack, a linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals, is rehabilitating a similar vertebrae injury. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis announced last week Pollack won't play this season.
A three-time All-American at Georgia, Pollack fractured his C-6 vertebra while making a tackle in a Sept. 17 game against the Cleveland Browns. Pollack was in a restrictive halo for three months and underwent surgery on Jan. 3.
Pollack suffered no paralysis and has resumed daily activities. His agent, R.J. Gosner, said Pollack's goal is to resume his NFL career, but Pollack said in a statement last week that the nature of the injury forces him to take it a step at a time.
"I'm grateful for my recovery to this point and I'm working out every day to get my full strength back,” Pollack said. "Any final decision on football is still down the road for me.”
In OSU's statement, Woods' family conveyed their gratitude for the show of support they have received since the injury. His family also requested future inquiries regarding Woods' recovery be directed to OSU officials.