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OU football: T.J. Pledger nearing return from injury

NORMAN — Carries have been spread evenly in Oklahoma's backfield, and soon another running back will join the rotation.

Sophomore T.J. Pledger is nearing a return after undergoing surgery on his hand in the first week of the season.

"It’s a little open-ended right now, kind of a week-to-week deal," coach Lincoln Riley said Monday of Pledger's timeline. "Excited to see how he progresses through the bye week. I would say Texas Tech is maybe a long shot, but I think we’re getting pretty close with him."

The Sooners are off this weekend. OU will host Texas Tech at 11 a.