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Lincoln Riley updates Marquise Brown injury

NORMAN — The health status surrounding receiver Marquise Brown is still unknown as Oklahoma prepares to face Alabama in the College Football Playoff.

OU coach Lincoln Riley provided a brief update Wednesday afternoon.

“Still too early,” Riley said of Brown’s status. “Working through it. It’s not a definite no, not a definite yes. We’re hopeful, but he hasn’t done much to this point.”

Brown suffered a left lower-leg injury in the Big 12 Championship game against Texas. He was carted off OU’s sideline in the fourth quarter and returned with a walking boot.

Riley confirmed that Brown did not have surgery after the Big 12 title game.

Brown has a little more than two weeks to return to health. The Sooners and Crimson Tide kick off in the Orange Bowl at 7 p.m. on Dec. 29 in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Brown leads the Sooners with 75 receptions for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s been Kyler Murray’s top target, averaging 18 yards per catch.

It’s unclear if Brown is dealing with the same injury that afflicted him earlier this season. He sprained his left ankle against TCU on Oct. 20.

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