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Oklahoma's Sam Bradford will have shoulder surgery

Heisman Trophy winner is finished in college and will head for the NFL.

October 26, 2009|Associated Press

Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford will have season-ending shoulder surgery and expects to make himself available for the NFL draft.

The Oklahoma quarterback injured his right (throwing) shoulder twice this season, most recently against Texas on Oct. 10.

The school announced Sunday that Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. Bradford is expected to address reporters after the Sooners' practice tonight in Norman, Okla.

"I dreamed about coming to Oklahoma my whole life," Bradford said Sunday in a statement. "That's the reason I came back for this season. And I came back to play, not sit on the bench. That's the reason I tried to play after the injury. I'm very disappointed that it didn't work out differently.

"Under these circumstances, and after talking to several people, this is the right thing for me to do at this point."

Bradford passed up the chance to be a first-round NFL draft pick this year -- he was projected as high as No. 1 overall -- to play another season with the Sooners.

After he was hurt against the Longhorns, aggravating a sprain of the AC joint in his shoulder, Bradford initially said he was going to wait until the end of the season to make a decision about his future.

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Mississippi State Coach Dan Mullen called for disciplinary action against the Southeastern Conference replay official who worked the Bulldogs' 29-19 loss to Florida after a Gators touchdown that might have been a fumble was not overturned. . . . No. 6 Boise State (7-0, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) forced six turnovers in a 54-9 victory over Hawaii on Saturday night.

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