OSU football: Examining the Cowboys' injury status
STILLWATER — It feels like a season in which Oklahoma State has been repeatedly kicked in the teeth by injuries.
With a pair of stellar playmakers in receiver Tylan Wallace and quarterback Spencer Sanders being lost for the year, and linebacker Calvin Bundage never getting on the field with a back issue, it’s easy to feel that way.
But overall, Oklahoma State’s starting lineup is relatively healthy after 11 games.
The offensive line group that began the year and got hit with a rash of mid-season injuries has been intact to start the last two games. On Saturday, starting right guard Bryce Bray, battling an ankle injury, rotated with backup Ry Schneider.
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On the defensive line, Brendon Evers began the year as a starter, but has been used sparingly since suffering an early season injury. Brock Martin has also battled nagging injuries.
Essentially, 18 of the 22 starting spots Saturday were held by players who were first-teamers at the start of the season.
“Obviously, we lost two home run threats on offense, but defensively, this is the first time we’ve been healthy since Week 2,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said.