Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips will miss the rest of the Sooners' season due to surgery required for a chronic back issue, head coach Bob Stoops announced Monday.
Stoops: Jordan Phillips is going to have surgery tomorrow, will end season. Chronic back issue #Sooners— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) October 14, 2013
The injury comes about a week after Oklahoma lost starting linebacker Corey Nelson for the year. The Sooners defense struggled to contain Texas' rushing attack Saturday as Oklahoma was blown out in the Red River Rivalry, and the loss of Phillips will only make things harder for the team moving forward.
Obviously, Phillips is an absolutely devastating loss for this defense. w/b interesting to see if this leads to Q.Russell actually playing.— Jordan Esco (@Jordan_Esco) October 14, 2013
Phillips had seven tackles on the year, with two for a loss, but was a massive space-eater on the inside. The two most likely replacements are freshman Jordan Wade, who has six tackles and a sack this season, and junior college transfer Quincy Russell, who has three tackles. Both were former four-star prospects.