Injury Report: Nov. 1

OU center Ben Habern

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners will get a tremendous boost in the personnel department when they host the Texas A&M Aggies this weekend.

That's because center Ben Habern and boundary corner Jamell Fleming are both returning to action.

"Ben practiced yesterday as did Jamell, so I would expect that both of those guys will be set to play," said head coach Bob Stoops.

Habern, after a six week absence with a broken forearm, is poised to make his return.

"We'll see how it goes for Ben during the week, but I anticipate him playing," Stoops said.

If he does, it might not be at guard, either.

Rather, Stoops said Habern is healthy enough to go at his normal center position.

"He's got a forearm cast and he snapped some yesterday, and it looked good," Stoops said. "So, I just don't want to say that it's going to be fine and then through the week it isn't, so it's only Tuesday. But right now, I feel fairly positive that he's going to be okay with it. But we'll see."

As for Fleming, he's coming off minor arthroscopic knee surgery a couple weeks ago.

He was actually cleared to play against Kansas State but elected to take another week to completely recover.

"Jamell was awfully close the other day, just didn't quite feel with preparation and quite the confidence you need to go out [there]," Stoops said. "It's one thing to practice. It's another thing to compete at full go, and he wasn't quite comfortable with it, you know. But I believe he will be this week."

Of course, the Sooners are without running back Dominique Whaley for the rest of the season after he broke his ankle blocking for running back Roy Finch on the first play of the game the other night.

But he continues to be in good spirits, according to Stoops.

Heck, Stoops even cracked a joke when asked about how he's been eating since it's more difficult to get around.

"I imagine he finds his way to the refrigerator just like you do," Stoops said. "[It] may be a little tougher or I'm sure he's got a good girlfriend or somebody that's going to help him, so. I've never seen Dom [suffer from] malnutrition, so he's a pretty good looking guy and strong and fast and everything else."

Stoops reemphasized that he will get that scholarship at mid-year.

That's the latest on the injury front for now, but stay tuned for more as it may become available.

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