Stoops said there wasn’t a timetable for when or if Ward will begin to practice.
“We’re unsure where that will lead,” he said.
The absence of another defensive lineman adds another challenge for a rebuilding unit. Ward wasn’t projected as a starter, but it was already a thin group with no returning starters from last season.
David King graduated and Chuka Ndulue moved to defensive tackle in the spring. Charles Tapper and Geneo Grissom seemed to take over the starting spots in the spring with P.L. Lindley and Rashod Favors also getting work with the first unit.
Mike Stoops remarked at OU’s Media Day that OU must develop some playmakers on the defensive line. Without Ward, the pickings are yet more slim.