ARLINGTON, TX - FILE: Linebacker Travis Lewis #28 and Austin Box #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate a pass interception against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Big 12 Championship at Cowboys Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. It was announced on August 9, 2011 that Travis Lewis of the Oklahoma Sooners broke his foot during practice and will be out up to eight weeks. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Travis Lewis, the undeniable leader of this Oklahoma Defense, suffered an injury in the off-season that put him out with a blanket statement of 6-8 weeks (I say blanket statement because any time a player is injured the first report comes back as "out 6-8 weeks" it would seem). Lewis suffered a broken bone in his toe. However, he went on record as saying that he would be back in time for the Florida State game. While this is possible, it seemed like a long shot. Assuming it was a possibility there was still the thought that Lewis wouldn't be able to go 100% and would share a majority of the snaps with Corey Nelson at LB.
Yesterday, Bob Stoops announced that Lewis was progressing very well and has had the cast taken off. In place of the cast, Lewis will be wearing a boot. While it would appear that much recovery has taken place, it is not for sure that Lewis will be healthy enough to start or even play at Doak Campbell. At this point all we as fans can do is wait to see if Lewis is cleared to play next week sometime. In the mean time, it looks as though Nelson is going to get his second career start and will have to play solid if not spectacularly against a top 10 foe.