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October 21, 2009
OU cancels Bradford's press conference
Sam Bradford was set to appear at a Wednesday press conference to talk about his future after suffering a re-injury of the sprained AC joint in his right shoulder against Texas.
The University of Oklahoma cancelled the press conference just two hours before it was set to take place. Instead Bob Stoops met with the media following Wednesday's practice and said Bradford wasn't ready to talk about his path moving forward.
"He just wasn't ready to answer everything fully that will be asked and for sure what he wants to do just yet," Stoops explained of Bradford's decision to cancel on the media. "He has a few people left to visit with and that's it."
Sources close to Bradford confirmed to SoonerScoop.com that Bradford had come to a season-ending decision to have shoulder surgery on Tuesday.
Sources confirmed Bradford's plan was to undergo surgery next week with Dr. James Andrews in Alabama.
But that decision has now been put on hold according to Stoops.
"He'll have something to say when he knows what his path will be," said Stoops. "That isn't right now. He will (talk about the decision), and I will once he feels he's ready to and knows for sure what he wants to do."
Bradford last met with members of the media during game-week preparations for Baylor. Bradford was asked if surgery was still a possibility.
"Yes, that is still a possibility," Bradford confirmed back on Oct. 6th. "It's just all a matter of how my arm reacts to the amount of throws I have and how my arm reacts to going through the season."
That was before Bradford re-aggravated the injury against Texas on the Sooners second series of the game.
Quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel said on Wednesday that it has been an emotional time for his Heisman Trophy winning quarterback.
"It's extremely difficult for him. Coming back for the right reasons, wanting to have an opportunity to compete for a championship - there was a lot of hard work that went into that to have it taken away from you when you invest that much, it's going to be very disappointing," he said.