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Nov 17, 2012; Stillwater OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys linebacker Lyndell Johnson (27) celebrates during the third quarter against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

Lyndell Johnson, Jake Jenkins leave Oklahoma State Cowboys

It was going to be tough to stay in contention for the Big 12 Championship in 2014 for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

They have already lost 22 players from their two-deep in 2013, including 14 starters to either graduation or the NFL draft.

On Monday, the Cowboys lost to more key players.

Safety Lyndell Johnson and center Jake Jenkins, two projected starters, are no longer with the team.

“We have a number of players who won’t be with us in the spring from an injury standpoint, some of them because medically we don’t feel like they are ready and the others because I don’t want to push it in the spring,” Cowboys’ head coach Mike Gundy told Kelly Hines and Jimmie Herald of Tusla World.

Johnson played in every game for the Cowboys last season and was expected to take a full time starting job for the Cowboys this season.

Jenkins started in the Cowboys’ 41-31 loss to the Missouri Tigers in the Cotton Bowl and was expected to start this season.

Gundy also announced backup center Travis Cross graduated and was also leaving the team.

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