By David Fong
NORMAN, Okla. — Alex Dalton’s 2017 season is over before it started.
Dalton — a Troy High School graduate and redshirt junior offensive lineman for the Oklahoma Sooners football team — suffered a non-football knee injury before Oklahoma opened camp Monday.
“It was an off-the-field injury that happened before camp,” new Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley told local media members Thursday. “Obviously tough deal for him. He’s had a couple of them here.”
Dalton suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. In practice before the 2016 Orange Bowl, he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. Coincidentally, that knee injury was suffered in a non-contact football drill. He is scheduled for surgery next week for surgery on his right knee.
Dalton redshirted his freshman year at Oklahoma in 2014. In 2015, he appeared in seven games as a back-up guard for the Sooners. Last fall, he started the season opener and appeared in six total games. Each of the past two seasons, he has been named Academic All-Big 12.
Oklahoma can apply for an NCAA medical hardship waiver — which it would be likely to receive — for Dalton. If granted, that would give Dalton two more years of eligibility for the Sooners in 2018 and 2019.
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