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Oklahoma’s Trey Sermon, Kenneth Mann suffer season-ending injuries

OU’s win over Iowa State came at a steep cost.

Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon and defensive end Kenneth Mann both suffered season-ending injuries against Iowa State on Saturday.

Coach Lincoln Riley announced that news at his weekly press conference on Monday, adding he was “heartbroken” for the pair. Both injuries will require surgery, Riley said.

With these injuries, it’s possible both players are done at Oklahoma.

Sermon is a junior, but running backs often will leave for the NFL before using up all their eligibility. As a strong pass blocker who ran for over 700 yards twice at Oklahoma, he should get a look from NFL teams.

Mann is a fifth-year senior who was a captain on the 2018 squad. He played in just five games this season due to injuries, so it’s possible he could seek a medical hardship.

As it stands, Sermon is No. 29 in all-time rushing yards at Oklahoma with 2,076. He’s one of 33 Sooners to top the 2,000-yard mark, and is above the likes of Joe Mixon, Jack Mildren and Leon Perry.

Kennedy Brooks should continue to earn the majority of the carries in OU’s offense. Rhamondre Stevenson, who has 369 rushing yards this season, appears to be in line for the backup role.

Riley didn’t have an update on starting tackle Adrian Ealy, who also exited Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury.

Oklahoma is headed to Baylor this weekend and is currently a 9.5-point favorite. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m.

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