College Football Preseason Rankings: Oklahoma Without Travis Lewis for 8 Weeks
Oklahoma, the No. 1 team in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll, will be without star linebacker and leading tackler Travis Lewis for about two months after he broke a bone in his left foot.
According to the Associated Press, OU trainer Scott Anderson said Tuesday that Lewis' injury will not require surgery, and will be treated with rest and immobilization. Lewis, selected as the Big 12 Conference's preseason defensive player of the year by media last month, was injured Monday during Oklahoma's first practice in pads. Now that's a bummer.
"We're disappointed for Travis," coach Bob Stoops said in the AP article. "He has worked very hard and I know he'll want to get back as quickly as possible. We'll adapt in the meantime. We've recruited very well and have some excellent athletes in those positions."
What does it mean? Well, no offense to those guys on 'D', but I've always been of the thinking that losing one player on defense isn't nearly as catastropic as losing a skill position player on offense -- well, unless that defensive player is somebody like Charles Woodson or Lawrence Taylor.
That said, I do see it being an issue when the Sooners travel to Florida State on Sept. 17.
-- Rich Thomaselli
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