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OSU football: Calvin Bundage's return unclear for this season

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State linebacker Calvin Bundage is quickly running out of time to take the field this season.

Whether that actually happens, that remains to be seen.

Bundage has missed the entire season with a back injury and it’s looking more likely each week that he will redshirt and return for his final season in 2020.

“He could still actually play, but in my opinion, it's not really beneficial for him,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said Monday. “When you have an injury like his, which nobody knows how to tell how that's going to recover, nobody knows that.

“I don't think it's beneficial for him to, but obviously he and his family, his dad, they'll have to make that decision on their own. And then we'll follow.”

Bundage has a follow-up appointment with a doctor in early November as well, sources close to Bundage told The Oklahoman

Gundy said Bundage has been cleared to practice since early in the season. Bundage has been rehabbing and going through physical therapy, but has not been at practices.

“He just hasn't got to where he really feels good,” Gundy said. “Now, I was told a week ago that he felt considerably better, which is encouraging. 

“I'm hoping that he'll feel a lot better and be able to rally back and play next year.” 

An Edmond Santa Fe product, Bundage is a senior, but has not used his one redshirt season. He could play in the final four games this season, including the possible bowl game, and return next season.

However, the training to be able to take the field might take too long at this point. Gundy said it could take at least two weeks but likely longer for Bundage to reach playing shape.

“Now if he came back and practiced and felt great and said he wanted to play in a couple games, I'm all for him,” Gundy said. “I'll be honest with you, OK, which is one of the few times I am: Is a potential setback worth it?” 

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OSU's Calvin Bundage poses for a photo during the Oklahoma State Cowboys football media days at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

OSU's Calvin Bundage poses for a photo during the Oklahoma State Cowboys football media days at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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