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OSU football: Mike Gundy says Spencer Sanders could return for bowl game

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders’ thumb surgery was successful last Monday, and coach Mike Gundy says it’s possible the redshirt freshman could return in time to play in a bowl game at the end of December.

Gundy compared Sanders’ surgery to what New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had earlier this season to repair the UCL in the thumb on his throwing hand. Brees missed five games.

But Gundy admitted that was about as detailed as he could get on Sanders’ operation.

“I don’t know what it’s called but I think there’s a ligament or something in there,” Gundy said. “I made a C in biology. Did better in kinesiology.

“He’s a competitive little guy. He’s like the Tasmanian Devil, you know, he just keeps rolling all the time. And finally, the doctors made him come out.”

Gundy said Sanders should be out of action 4-5 weeks. He did not specify whether he would play Sanders in a bowl game, even if the first-year starter was healthy in time.

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Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders (3) stands on the sidelines in the fourth quarter during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the Kansas Jayhawks at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. OSU won 31-13. [Sarah Phipps/The...

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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