Bell sidelined with knee injury

OU tight end Blake Bell

Blake Bell's transition to tight end took a minor hit this week as it has been confirmed he will miss the rest of spring with a sprained knee.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops alluded to a possible situation with tight end Blake Bell and now multiple media reports have confirmed Bell will miss the rest of spring practice with a sprained knee.

Stoops said Wednesday evening Bell was a little dinged up but should be OK. In the long run, sources confirm Bell should be OK and the injury doesn't require surgery.

What it does do, however, is slow down the progress for Bell who is trying to make a one-year transition from starting quarterback for multiple games last season to tight end for the Sooners in his final season in Norman.

The transition seemed to have been going well as tight ends coach Jay Boulware had a lot of praise for Bell on Wednesday.

"Blake has done a great job," Boulware said. "We're very fortunate to have him there, and he's fit in very nicely with our guys. He's really excited, and he is an athlete, which is what we've always said we need.

"We need blockers. We need guys who can run down the field and make plays on the ball, and Blake can do that."

With Bell out of commission, even more responsibility will be shifted to sophomore Taylor McNamara. McNamara is riding a wave of momentum from the end of his redshirt freshman season that culminated in his first career reception as a Sooner in OU's 45-31 upset victory against Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

OU concludes its spring practices with the Red-White game 2 p.m. CST on April 12.

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