Sooners coach Jeff Capel said he doesn't have a timeframe for
Longar's return because of the nature of the injury, which caused
him to sit out the Sooners' 64-54 loss to No. 12 Texas on Wednesday
"I don't know what you would call it. It's right above the
ankle," Capel said. "He broke it the first 3 minutes at Texas
A&M, so he played his butt off and showed a lot of toughness in
that game to play the last 13 minutes.
"I can't tell you when he's coming back because it depends on
how quickly it heals. Mother Nature has something to do with it.
There's not much treatment you can do for a broken bone."
Capel was hopeful that the 6-foot-11 Longar, the team's
second-leading scorer with a 13.2-point average, would be able to
play again this season but didn't rule out the possibility he
"We think so, but maybe not. I don't know. I'm hearing we are,
but I don't know," Capel said.
Longar was in street clothes and didn't put any pressure on his
right leg while using crutches to get around. He sat at a table
near the Oklahoma bench and took part in the Sooners' huddles
Walk-on Beau Gerber also played 6 scoreless minutes off the
bench, grabbing one rebound.
"It is what it is. You have to find a way. That's the way of
life," Capel said. "Everything in life doesn't go the way you
plan it. You have to find a way to be successful, and we'll find a
The Sooners lost Blake Griffin earlier this season to a sprained
ligament in his left knee, but he missed only one full game when he
was expected to be out as long as four weeks. Several other
Oklahoma players have been fighting through lingering injuries.
"I've never been around anything like what I've been through
the past year and a half with guys getting hurt -- ever," Capel
said. "I've never seen anything like it in my life."
Even without Longar, Taylor Griffin said the Sooners (15-7, 3-4
Big 12) have to approach the rest of the season as though they can
win every game. Oklahoma plays at Colorado on Saturday.
"It's going to be tough without him. We only have two post
players, and then [guard] David [Godbold] has to play a little bit
of [power forward] in there," Taylor Griffin said. "It's not
going to be easy, but it's doable."
Beyond scoring, Longar is also second on the team in rebounding
average (5.9) and he leads Oklahoma with 25 blocks.
"I don't make excuses," Capel said. "We have to figure out a
way, and we will figure out a way."