Monday, December 7, 2009
Sooners may catch break in Sun Bowl with Luck's finger surgery
By ESPN.com staff
Stanford freshman quarterback Andrew Luck could miss the Cardinal's upcoming Sun Bowl game against Oklahoma after undergoing surgery on a finger on his throwing hand.
Luck injured the finger in the Cardinal's victory over Notre Dame and will miss several weeks of practice.
"He's going to be out of practice at least two to three weeks," Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh told my ESPN.com colleague Ted Miller earlier today. "He's not ruled out of the game, but based on what we know right now, he won't start."
If he can't go in the bowl game, he would be replaced by Tavita Pritchard, who has started 19 games in his career, including Stanford's wild comeback victory over USC in 2007.
But Luck's injury has huge ramifications for the Sooners, who have struggled to three straight bowl losses and know all about injuries in bowl games and during the regular season.
The Sooners played without DeMarco Murray in their BCS title game loss to Florida last season. And returning Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford has missed most of the season and Jermaine Gresham all of it with injuries, among others for the Sooners this season.
Oklahoma's Bob Stoops knows exactly how Harbaugh feels after his longest season as a head coach this year.