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Ryan Broyles' Oklahoma Sooner Career Ends with ACL Tear

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 22: Wide receiver Ryan Broyles #85 of the Oklahoma Sooners outruns the Texas Tech Red Raiders defense in the second half October 22, 2011 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Texas Tech upset Oklahoma 41-38. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Vance PennCorrespondent INovember 6, 2011

Oklahoma Sooners star WR Ryan Broyles' college career is over.

Broyles, the FBS career record holder with 349 receptions, saw his career come to an abrupt end today when he tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) during the Sooners' game against Texas A&M.

After making his second catch of the game, Broyles planted his left foot and attempted to make a cut to his right, a classic mechanism for this type of injury, which can be clearly seen in video replay. He immediately went down and had to be helped from the field. Broyles was visibly upset on the Sooners' sideline after receiving the news that the injury was season-ending.

Surgery will likely be completed in the next two to three weeks, with recovery dependent upon the amount of damage done to the knee. If the injury is limited to the ACL, rehabilitation will take four to six months, but if cartilage, sometimes called meniscus, is involved, the rehabilitation could take one to two months longer. 

Broyles turned down the opportunity to enter the NFL draft after last season. He returned to Oklahoma in hopes of winning the Biletnikoff Award, awarded annually to the nation's top WR, after being named a finalist last year. He also wanted a shot at potentially winning a national championship.

In either scenario, Ryan Broyles will be ready for next spring's NFL draft and likely will be a high draft choice once he shows he has physically returned from the injury.

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