Play­ing hurt

Tulsa World - - Sports -

Line­backer Caleb Kelly re­vealed that he played the fi­nal 11 games of Ok­la­homa's 2017 sea­son with a torn labrum.

The ju­nior line­backer was in­jured in the first quar­ter against Tu­lane on Sept. 16 and fought through pain un­til off­sea­son shoul­der surgery, which has side­lined him dur­ing spring prac­tice.

“It kept on slip­ping out. I dealt with that all year. I was able to push through it, though, and con­tinue to play,” Kelly said Tues­day night af­ter prac­tice. “Some weeks, when I was re­ally re­hab­bing it and re­ally do­ing well with it and not hit­ting as much in prac­tice, I would be bet­ter in the game and feel bet­ter in the game.”

De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mike Stoops said Kelly will move to the weak­side line­backer po­si­tion, which will al­low him to stay on the field more of­ten. Last sea­son, he was taken off the field in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

“It's been weird to learn (a new po­si­tion) from the side­lines in­stead of go­ing in and mak­ing mis­takes and learn­ing from those mis­takes,” Kelly said. “But I've en­joyed it and Buzzy (Cur­tis Bolton) is do­ing re­ally well at the same po­si­tion. He's a guy I can watch and learn from.”

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