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.”