Blake Bell's transition to tight end may take a little longer than first thought. The Oklahoma Sooners senior will miss spring practice after injuring his knee, per The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey.
Carey Murdock of SoonerScoop.com reported that Bell suffered a sprained knee and that he won't require surgery:
http://t.co/89JJ9ivCaj has confirmed Blake Bell will be sidelined for the rest of spring football due to a sprained knee. No surgery needed.— Carey Murdock (@CareyWWLS) April 5, 2014
For the past three years, Bell has been listed as a quarterback for Oklahoma. He started eight games last season, throwing for 1,648 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. With the emergence of Trevor Knight, though, Bell was pushed to the periphery.
As a result, he will be playing tight end for his final collegiate season. The spring represented a great time for Bell to learn and get a grasp on his new position heading into the 2014 campaign.
Now without that time, it will be slightly harder for Bell to make the switch. He'll need to accelerate his progress come summer time before the season gets underway.
In the end, it shouldn't turn into a major problem, especially considering Bell doesn't need surgery to repair his knee.