During his Monday press conference, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced that running back Samaje Perine would miss at least two-to-three weeks to recover from a pulled hamstring. The workhorse back suffered the injury on a 25-yard touchdown reception on the team’s opening drive in their win over Kansas State.
He did not return to the game following the hamstring tweak. However, after the game, Stoops noted that Perine could have returned had the game been close.
Oklahoma travels to Texas Tech next week for a tough matchup against the Red Raiders before playing Kansas and Iowa State. It is unlikely that the team will require Perine’s services against the latter two opponents, so the three-week timetable may be more realistic if the team decides to play it safe.
Through six games, Perine is second on the team with 475 rushing yards. He has also added seven total touchdowns and 94 receiving yards. Going into Oklahoma’s game against Kansas State, the junior was coming off a 214-yard game against the Texas Longhorns in which he found the endzone twice.
In Perine’s absence the Sooners will likely turn to sophomore running back Joe Mixon. After his performance against Kansas State, Mixon now leads Oklahoma with 476 rushing yard. He is a bigger threat in the passing game than Perine as well with 208 receiving yards already on the season. He also serves as the team’s kick returner, but it remains to be seen whether he will maintain those duties while being the team’s primary running back.