Knee Injury Will Cost Oklahoma Lineman 2013 Football Season

Matthew Emmons - USA Today Sports

After battling his way back from a knee injury that ended his 2012 college football season, Oklahoma's Tyler Evans may have seen his Sooner career come to an end when he re-tore the ACL in his right knee.

Bob Stoops confirmed that Evans will undergo surgery to repair the ligament after a non-contact injury was suffered this week. They injury (suffered in the same knee that he tore in August of last year) will shelf Oklahoma's starting right guard for the 2013 season and most likely bring about an end to his career. Stoops said on Thursday that he most likely will not seek another medical hardship.

A senior from Strafford, Missouri, Evans came to Oklahoma as the 52nd ranked prospect at guard in 2009. He played in eleven games (with four starts) as a freshman in 2009, was the starter at right guard in twelve games in 2010 and all thirteen games in 2011. He sat out last season with the knee injury and was hoping to return to the starting role this fall for his senior campaign.

Evans is the second starting offensive lineman to sustain an injury this spring. Center Gabe Ikard suffered a broken hand in one of Oklahoma's first practices over the weekend. Ikard should make a full recovery and be back to anchor Oklahoma's line this fall.

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