neal Spring Game MASH Unit

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While meeting with the media following Tuesday’s practice, Bob Stoops listed off several players who will be held out of Saturday’s spring game either due to injury or simply for precautionary measures.

Those players include:

TE Blake Bell – No surprise here.

WR Durron Neal – Stoops did confirm Neal’s injury, but said no surgery was necessary (his comment wasn’t specific to Neal, but in general to all the players he listed).

WR Sterling Shepard – Kind of saw this one coming as well after he was held out of things this past Saturday with a hamstring issue. They know what they have in Shepard, this is pretty common for Stoops to do with those kind of guys.

DE Rashod Favors – Haven’t heard anything here with regards to a possible injury. UPDATE: Favors’ issue is a knee.

DT Quincy Russell – Similar to Favors, haven’t heard anything on Russell. UPDATE: Russell’s issue is an ankle.

OG/C Nila Kasitati – Much like Shepard, they know what they have in Kasitati but he was also a little banged up earlier in the spring. No point in taking a risk.

OT Tyrus Thompson – Known injury.

OG Adam Shead – Known injury.

OG Tyler Evans – Known injury, still working his way back from torn ACL.

DT Jordan Phillips – Known injury.

DB Julian Wilson – Known injury.


  • Daryl

    This kind of stinks for Neal. I don’t feel like he is guaranteed anything and this would a big opportunity to leave an impression. Not to say he hasn’t in practice already but you know what I mean.

  • Jason Vos

    I would hold out Eric Striker as well

    • Shifty

      He’s playing a new position…might want to give him a few snaps to work on coverage but I doubt he gets too many reps…same w Grissom at backer

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  • Alexander

    Would of like to have seen Bell, but the only 1 I really wanted to see that’s out is Neal

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  • hOUligan

    Russell was one of the guys I was really looking forward to seeing. Since he missed most of last season with an unspecified injury, left wondering if he was fully healed and if he is going to be one of those guys that never sees the field. Will maybe get a clue as to how the staff feels by the # of offers that go out to 0/1 gap guys.