NORMAN — Tyler Evans’ football career is on hold again. The senior offensive lineman re-injured the anterior cruciate ligament he tore last August.
“The expectation now is that he’s going to have to have it redone,” OU coach Bob Stoops said after Thursday’s practice. “Very unfortunately for him.”
Evans redshirted last season after suffering a torn ACL in one of the Sooners’ initial preseason practices. The recovery time for the injury is typically at least seven months.
Stoops said Evans suffered the injury in practice Tuesday. Under that time frame he could possibly return by mid to late October.
The absence of Evans is a major hit to OU’s offensive line. He has started 29 games since 2009 and played in 38 games. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection at guard in 2011.
Evans could possibly petition the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility, but that process cannot begin until Evans has exhausted his eligibility after the 2013 season.