Manuel Johnson will miss the Baylor gamePosted: November 14, 2006
WR Johnson out for No. 16 Sooners
NORMAN (AP) – Oklahoma receiver Manuel Johnson will not play Saturday against Baylor after being knocked out on a helmet-to-helmet hit in the Sooners’ game against Texas Tech this weekend.
Johnson, who has 23 catches for 255 yards this season, had started the previous three games before the No. 16 Sooners (8-2, 5-1 Big 12) opened in a three tight end set against the Red Raiders.
“They’re not having him do anything yet. They’ll start getting him into some lifting and some exercising the middle of the week but he won’t play this week,” coach Bob Stoops said.
Johnson was hospitalized after the game Saturday but returned home on Sunday.
“He’s all right. He looks normal. He got a concussion. A real bad concussion is what he had,” said Malcolm Kelly, a fellow receiver and one of Johnson’s roommates. “He came home yesterday, laughing and joking like there wasn’t nothing wrong. He’s cool.”
Johnson had just caught a 4-yard pass when he and Texas Tech’s Chris Parker collided and hit helmets. Johnson had to be carted off the field and taken to a waiting ambulance.
“His whole body was just stiff, kind of like you see a squirrel laying on the side of the road. That’s how he was, just laying on the ground,” said Kelly, who also was the first to attend to Johnson.
“It scared me, and I asked the trainer what was wrong with him and then he acted like he didn’t want to tell me, like it was something real bad. So then I got real mad.”
Kelly said Johnson was completely still for about 35 seconds before he opened his eyes, appearing as though he didn’t know where he was. Kelly said Johnson didn’t speak to him and didn’t make any movements.
Stoops said he also didn’t speak to Johnson but saw him communicating with medical personnel.
Before the injury, Johnson had set career-highs with six catches for 87 yards. The sophomore also caught a 32-yard touchdown pass.
“He said all he remembered was getting tackled and then waking up in the X-ray room,” Kelly said.
Stoops said there was no update on the status of tailback Adrian Peterson, who has missed four games with a broken collarbone. Following the injury, the 2004 Heisman runner-up said he hoped to return in four to six weeks while Oklahoma trainer Scott Anderson said it would be six weeks.
Peterson has been off-limits to reporters the past three weeks.
“He’s not playing this week,” Stoops said. “Next week if you want to talk about it, we’ll talk about it. There’s nothing else. You’re asking me to project a week here what’s going to happen. I don’t know.”
Stoops said Peterson’s primary backup, Allen Patrick, was able to practice after missing the Texas Tech game with an ankle injury. Patrick had 440 yards in three games after replacing Peterson as the Sooners’ starter.
“He did a little bit of stuff, not a lot. But he’s better than he was Friday,” Stoops said.