The health of star receiver Marquise Brown will be one of Oklahoma’s primary concerns in the month-long lead up to the Orange Bowl.
Brown will have until Dec. 29, when No. 4 Oklahoma faces No. 1 Alabama in Miami, to rehab a lower-leg injury he suffered Saturday afternoon in the Big 12 Championship game. He was carted off the sidelines in the fourth quarter before returning with a boot on his left leg.
OU coach Lincoln Riley said Sunday afternoon that Brown underwent preliminary tests Saturday afternoon and more on Sunday morning.
“Gonna meet with the doctors in the next couple of days and see where we’re at,” Riley said. “It was certainly a significant enough injury that there was no way he was gonna be able to return in the game. The extent of that is still a little bit unknown.”
Riley told ESPN earlier Sunday afternoon that he was “hopeful” to get Brown back.
Prior to that interview, ESPN’s Rece Davis indicated Brown would be ready for the playoff.
Brown leads Oklahoma with 75 receptions for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s averaging 18 yards per catch.
“We’ve got a great medical team and we’ll fight hard to try to get him back,” Riley said. “If we can that’s certainly great. He’s a dynamic player. But if he doesn’t, I think we were able to show yesterday that we’ve got guys that are more than capable of stepping in and making the big plays that we’ve come to expect from Marquise.”