OU's Eldridge to play with broken finger

September, 11, 2009
9/11/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin


No truth to the rumor that a black cloud has been hovering over Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops for the last 10 days or so.

Stoops got more bad news earlier this week when he learned that versatile center-tight end Brody Eldridge sustained a broken pinky finger in his right hand in the Sooners' loss to BYU last week.

Eldridge plans to play Saturday against Iowa State despite the injury as he returns to tight end.

"He went through a full practice," Stoops told reporters. "He caught the ball, snapped the ball. He went through the entire deal. It's not a big deal. You tape a couple fingers together and just keep rolling."

An inflamed back for projected starter Ben Habern forced Eldridge to start at center for the Sooners in the BYU game. Eldridge was one of the few bright spots for an Oklahoma line that struggled with all aspects of the game against the Cougars.

The loss of tight end Jermaine Gresham with a season-ending knee injury will mean that Eldridge will move to tight end. It won't help his pass-catching abilities, but he was never expected to be a key receiving threat for the Sooners after snagging 11 catches in 39 career games.

Eldridge's injury seems minor considering Greshman's knee or the sprained shoulder joint sustained by quarterback Sam Bradford.

But it probably seems as anything but that to Eldridge as he tries to play through the injury.

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