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Oklahoma Sooners Football: OL Alex Dalton out for season

The redshirt junior was going to help provide quality depth up front for Oklahoma in 2017.

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Redshirt junior offensive lineman Alex Dalton will miss the 2017 season with a knee injury, according to Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley. OU’s head man mentioned that it was a non-football injury suffered before camp.

This is a tough blow for Dalton, who already used a redshirt year in 2014. He could appeal for a medical hardship waiver if he wanted to, but success with that wouldn’t be highly likely.

Dalton earned his first career start in Oklahoma’s 2016 season opener against Houston after suffering an ACL injury in the lead-up to the previous season’s Orange Bowl. However, Dalton lost the job at right guard after the opener and appeared in only five more games last season. The former four-star prospect from Troy, Ohio, has appeared in 13 total games as a Sooner.

Considering what OU will return along the interior in 2018, it’s very tough to see Dalton ever making much a mark at Oklahoma again. That’s very unfortunate for a guy who has busted his tail and dealt with plenty of setbacks throughout his time in Norman. We certainly wish him the best in his recovery and hope he can return to team activities in 2018 if he wishes to do so.

Also mentioned in the above video is presumed starting RB Rodney Anderson, who was not at practice today. Luckily, Riley stated that he is expected to be back on Friday.