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Sooners Injury Notes: The Thin Defensive Line

With Obo being ruled out against Kansas, it’s time to see just how deep the defensive is

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While there’s never a good time for injuries to strike, the weakest part of the schedule is certainly the best time to get right and allow younger talent to get a bit of game experience. Most of the injuries come on defense, where the Sooners quite frankly need all the help they can get.

The big injury news this week is Obo Okoronkwo being ruled out against Kansas this Saturday. He was worked on by paramedics during the Texas Tech game, but his injury (or its severity) hasn’t been disclosed. Obo’s mystery injury is a bit concerning, but hopefully he’s just resting up for the home stretch.

Out on the defensive lineman this week is Matt Romar. Like Okoronkwo, he was injured during the Tech game:

The defensive line will also still be without Charles Walker and Matt Dimon against Kansas.

When asked about his thin defensive line, Bob Stoops praised Du’Vonta Lampkin’s play, so expect to see plenty of him in the coming weeks. Also in the hunt for playing time—as our own Jack Shields pointed out—will be two highly touted recruits: Caleb Kelly and Ricky DeBerry.

On offense, Samaje Perine continues to miss time with a pulled muscle. He should be back by the Baylor game, if not next week.

We’ll keep you updated on any additional injury news.