DALLAS — Oklahoma’s players began taking the field around 12:50 p.m. CT Saturday and its injury situation for the Red River Showdown cleared up.
Strong safety Steven Parker, who didn’t play in the second half of last Saturday’s loss to Iowa State, looks like he’ll play against Texas.
Parker’s left foot is heavily wrapped, but that seemed to be his only impediment.
Also, offensive guard Dru Samia, who missed the Iowa State due to an undisclosed injury, is in uniform. Whether he starts or not is a decision for offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.
The good news for the Sooners is their offensive line depth is as strong as it’s been since the season opener. That was the last time guards Cody Ford, Ben Powers and Samia were healthy for a game.
Also, wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is in uniform and started warming up about at about 1:30 p.m. CT. Lamb’s health was a significant question mark heading into the game.
The freshman, who averages 18.1 yards per reception and has scored a team-best 4 receiving touchdowns, suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury in the first quarter of the Iowa State.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley didn’t give any updates on injuries this week. He just said players had to progress.
Abdul Adams warmed up but was not in uniform
Running back Abdul Adams, who suffered an ankle injury against Iowa State, offered mix signals siding the initial warmups. He wore cleats and gloves and caught passes on the field.
However, when the rest of his teammates started emerging from the locker room in football pants, Adams, who averages a team-leading 10.6 yards per carry remained in shorts.
If Adams is indeed out for this one, expect freshman Trey Sermon to be the Sooners’ No. 1 running back. Sermon is Oklahoma’s leading rusher with 373 yards and 3 touchdowns through 5 games.
Also expect more from sophomore Rodney Anderson and junior Marcelias Sutton today.
Defensive tackle Matt Romar remains out
Defensive tackle Matt Romar isn’t in uniform for today’s game. He was in street clothes when his position group warmed up. Romar hasn’t played since suffering an undisclosed injury in the Tulane game on Sept. 16.
That means either Marquise Overton or Du’Vonta Lampkin will get the start at nose guard.
It’s a furnace at the Cotton Bowl
This season’s Red River Showdown will be played in excessive heat. The temperature at Fair Park was nearly 90 degrees when the teams took the field.
The on-field temperature could very well be over 100 degrees. Both teams have six cooling fans stationed on their benches.
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