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OU Star Running Back Rodney Anderson Suffers Right Knee Injury

This injury could impact the Big 12 race given Anderson’s role as OU’s bell cow — and best player.



The path to the Big 12 title just got a little trickier for Oklahoma. They may have lost prize running back — and probably their best player — Rodney Anderson long-term to a knee injury he sustained against UCLA on Saturday in a 49-21 victory in Norman.

Anderson was helped off the field and sat out the rest of the game following this run against the Bruins. There is no official word out of Norman, but the early returns do not sound promising.

Anderson rushed for 1,161 yards at 6.2 a pop and had 13 TDs last season for the Big 12 title-winning Sooners. He added 281 receiving yards and five more TDs through the air.

There’s no shortage of other runners for Lincoln Riley’s squad, and four of them — QB Kyler Murray, T.J. Pledger, Trey Sermon and Marcelias Sutton — pitched in 29 rushes for 160 yards in Anderson’s absence.

Still, Anderson is a bell cow, and one of the things that OU has been fortunate with in winning three straight Big 12 crowns — injury luck — has struck them in Week 2. Maybe he’ll be fine, but if not it obviously would be an unfortunate loss for everyone — Riley, the team and Anderson himself — and certainly could affect the Big 12 title race.

Goliath has taken a flesh wound early in the 2018 season and its effect could reverberate for the next three months depending on when we get an update from Riley and OU.

Anderson also missed the 2015 season with a leg injury and then missed the 2016 season with a broken bone in his neck before that big time 2017.

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