The Oklahoma Sooners running back battle continues to rage on. With several candidates looking to claim a share of the carries, the prospective list of ball carriers has officially decreased by one. On Saturday afternoon, Lincoln Riley confirmed that Kennedy Brooks would miss the entire 2017 season with a left shoulder injury.

A product from Texas, the 4-star recruit found himself ranked as the No. 16 RB in the class of 2017. Knowing Riley has mentioned the possibility of using four different backs in the upcoming season, the likelihood of Brooks making an appearance remained high. Tabbed as a chronic shoulder issue, the freshman opted for surgery instead of fighting through the pain all year long.

Without Brooks available, Oklahoma still possesses four scholarship running backs. The stable includes the likes of Abdul Adams, Rodney Anderson, Trey Sermon, and JUCO transfer Marcelias Sutton. Clearly, a redshirt year is coming for Brooks. Hopefully the talent back comes on stronger and better than ever after the recovery process.