Two weeks into the season and injuries have occurred across the nation. The loss of a key player has the potential to impact the future direction of a program. On Saturday night, the Oklahoma Sooners watched on as Mark Andrews — the most experience receiving threat on the roster — was forced to the sideline early in the contest.
Sitting on the bench with ice wrapped around his knee, Andrews failed to return to action during the outing. The move led to his name quickly surfacing during the Sooners weekly press conference. Taking questions, Lincoln Riley revealed that the tight end is expected to play this upcoming weekend against Tulane. While it is good news for this group moving forward, it doesn’t indicate how many snaps Andrews will see or what his effectiveness will be at the end of the day.
Joining his fellow teammate on the injured list Saturday evening was Will Johnson. Coming up with several big defensive plays, Johnson suffered an injury in the second quarter and was later escorted to the locker room. Unable to return, interest surround his name as well during the press conference on Monday morning.
Unfortunately, Johnson did not receive the same review from Riley. With his status remaining up in the air, he’ll need to be reevaluated before anything becomes official.