September 07, 2009
To clarify, not two weeks from actually getting Sam Bradford back from his shoulder sprain, but two weeks from knowing when it will get Bradford back:
"I know that’s going to be asked every day but that’s going to be a fairly long process, meaning probably a week or two,” Stoops said. “A lot of it depends on how he heals and how he feels as he’s healing throughout the week. It’s going to be a while before we know what the plan will be."
Predictably, that leaves Bradford out for the Sooners' dates with Idaho State and Tulsa, which should be of zero relevance to anything except getting backup Landry Jones a couple extra days with the first string -- snaps he will desperately need, if Saturday is any indication, when the Sooners go into Miami after an off-week on Oct. 3. That's the edge of the initial "two-to-four-week" speculation and the first game Bradford will realistically be back. If the task falls to Jones there, that game effectively becomes a toss-up, and OU fans -- unusually serene about their circumstances so far -- will start getting very antsy about the date with Texas two weeks later.
No good news for Jermaine Gresham's knee injury, either: Stoops said they might decided this week whether to rehab it, undergo less invasive arthroscopic surgery or go all the way with season-ending surgery to fix it once and for all. There won't be much exhaling in that state for the next month or so.