On Monday, the Sooners received even more bad news.
Defensive tackles Jordan Phillips will miss the rest of the season because of a back injury.
Phillips has had back problems throughout the season and will have surgery in an attempt to remedy the problem.
“It isn’t one specific injury,” Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops told Brandon Chatmon of ESPN.com during his weekly news conference. “It’s bothered him for the last couple years and is not improving like they [the doctors] want it to.”
Phillips is expected to have the surgery Tuesday.
The 6’6, 324 lb. sophomore out of Towanda, Kansas, had seven tackles and 1.5 sacks in the first four games of the season.
Phillips hasn’t seen in-game action since the Sooners’ 35-21 at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 28.
Jordan Wade, a 6’4, 296 lb. redshirt freshman out of Round Rock, Texas, has started in his place. He has six tackles and a sack on the season.
The Sooners will be back in action Saturday when they travel to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks.