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Sooners' DE Williams has surgery, out for season

NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma defensive end John Williams had
surgery Tuesday to repair a torn Achilles tendon and will miss the
rest of the season.

"It all went as expected," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said.
"The doctors were pleased and had nothing that was surprising. It
all went the way it was supposed to."

Williams started three of No. 3 Oklahoma's first four games and
had recorded one sack and four tackles for a loss before he was
injured in the third quarter of last Friday's game at Tulsa. He
also suffered a season-ending injury in 2005, when he tore a knee
ligament in the opening game against TCU.

"It's just unfortunate. He was playing so well here," Stoops
said.

Stoops said it was "just too soon to know" whether Williams,
who is scheduled to graduate in December, will seek a sixth year of
eligibility.

Alonzo Dotson, who started against Miami, is expected to fill
Williams' defensive end position opposite Auston English on
Saturday at Colorado.

"We've got other guys that are used to playing," Stoops said.
"Alonzo Dotson and Auston English have been playing great. Alan
Davis, Jeremy Beal, those guys have got to step up and take over in
those spots, and they're more than capable."

Stoops said Chris Brown, who's been splitting time at tailback
with Allen Patrick and DeMarco Murray, was able to go through
conditioning and could return against the Buffaloes after smacking
the back of his head on the turf against Tulsa.

"We expect him to be able to play. I'm not saying he is yet.
That's something they'll check by the end of the week," Stoops
said. "... There aren't any lingering signs that there's anything
going on there."