Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy expects starting quarterback Wes Lunt’s left knee to be immobilized for the next several days as he tries to recover from an injury sustained Saturday.
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The Cowboys (2-1) are off this week before hosting No. 12 Texas (3-0) on Sept. 29. Gundy says he should know more about Lunt’s status toward the end of this week, although his policy is not to release injury information until the day before a game.
Lunt set a Big 12 freshman record with 436 yards passing in a loss at Arizona in Week 2. After he was injured him on the sixth play of the game Saturday, Oklahoma State went on to set a school record with 742 yards of total offense in a 65-24 win over Louisiana-Lafayette behind backup J.W. Walsh.
”Nobody wants it to happen, but when it does happen, you have to have some sort of an answer. Hopefully, we have that,” Gundy said on a conference call Sunday night.
”It worked out well for us (Saturday) and if we have to move forward with J.W. for a week or two or a month or maybe not, I don’t know. We’ll know a lot more about him here in the next six to seven to eight days. That’ll kind of give us some direction on what we need to do. But if we’re in that situation, we have to have some sort of an answer.”
Gundy, who generally announces when players have season-ending injuries, confirmed Sunday that reserve cornerback Devin Hedgepeth was lost for the season after injuring his left Achilles tendon for the third time in the past two years.
Gundy said it’s not so cut and dry with Lunt.
”There’s really not anything that we can say,” Gundy said. ”We don’t think the injury is as serious as what we originally thought, but it’s not fair to say one way or the other for several days because any time that you have a lower extremity injury … you don’t know for sure how bad it is.”
Gundy provided as an example how running back Kendall Hunter, now with the San Francisco 49ers, struggled to return from an ankle injury in 2009. Hunter was initially expected to miss only a couple weeks but ended up being out for five games and carrying just once in another game.
Gundy said he’s not trying to draw out the situation but he also doesn’t want to rush out information that could be wrong. However, he admitted it could be advantageous for Texas to know which quarterback will play because Walsh is more of a running threat and Lunt a drop-back passer.
”I don’t know that we’re necessarily trying to keep anybody in the dark but Wes and J.W. are completely different style of players and so each of us as coaching staffs only have so many reps that we can distribute each week and you try to break those down the best way possible based on the plays you think you’re going to see on Saturday,” Gundy said.
Lunt had to be helped off the field on Saturday and then headed to the locker room on crutches.
”They’ll either cast him or put him in some sort of a device to immobilize it and they’ll elevate it and treat it and ice it and do all that so he won’t use it for at least four or five days would be my guess,” Gundy said.
Even if Lunt is healthy enough to give it a go, it may not be as simple as letting him play.
”You wonder sometimes if it’s his push-off (leg) or how it that will affect his throwing and then when is he really comfortable? It’s one thing to say, `OK, he’s back.’ But just being a little off when you’re a drop-back quarterback, it’s a problem,” offensive coordinator Todd Monken said.
”It’s a problem if you don’t transfer your weight and you don’t plant, so all those things are to be determined.”