NORMAN, Okla. — There’s been one season-ending injury in Oklahoma’s camp, but it didn’t occur in practice after Coach Lincoln Riley announced junior guard Alex Dalton will miss the season with a knee injury.
“It was an off-the-field injury that happened before camp,” Riley said following the Sooners’ practice on Thursday. “It’s a tough deal for him because he’s had a couple of them here. We’ll get him rehabbed as well as we can, but he will miss the season.”
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Dalton suffered a torn ACL in 2015, but returned to start last season in the opener against Houston and played in five other games. He entered this season behind Dru Samia, Ben Powers and Cody Ford who all have starting experience at the guard spots. Freshman 4-star offensive linemen Tyrese Robinson and Creed Humphries are also expected to compete for playing time at one of the interior offensive line spots.
Dalton worked out on a stationary bike during the Sooners’ practice.
Riley excused running back Rodney Anderson from Thursday’s practice. Riley said the sophomore dealt with a “personal matter” and is expected to return for Friday’s practice.
Anderson has just one career rushing attempt, but is listed as the starter on Oklahoma’s depth chart.
Kicker/punter Austin Seibert practiced with the team on Thursday. The junior missed the first couple of practices, reportedly due to an academic matter. Oklahoma’s summer school semester ended on Tuesday.
Seibert handled all of the Sooners’ kicking last season. He connected on 11 of 16 field goal attempts and averaged 41.1 yards per punt. Seibert was named to the preseason watch lists for both the Lou Groza and Ray Guy Awards.