Lincoln Riley announces Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson will miss rest of 2018 season with knee injury


NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury he suffered in OU’s 49-21 win over UCLA on Saturday, coach Lincoln Riley has announced. 

This is Anderson’s third season-ending injury in his four years with the Sooners. 

“We’re heartbroken for him,” Riley said in a press release. “He’s overcome so much in his career, and if anybody can do it again it’s Rodney.

“He’s played a lot of great football and has a lot more ahead of him. He’s just a tremendous person and player and we’ll miss him on the field. But we know he’ll be with us every step of the way as a team captain, and that other players will step up in his place.”

Here’s the play Anderson was injured on:

Despite the lengthy injury history, the Katy, Texas, product entered the season with high expectations. He was arguably the best running back in the country over the final eight games of last season, finishing the year with 1,161 yards and 13 touchdowns. 

That performance landed him on many shortlists for the Heisman Trophy before he suffered the injury late in the first quarter against the Bruins. In the season opener vs Florida Atlantic, Anderson recorded 100 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries. 

Anderson missed his true freshman season after suffering a broken leg against Tennessee in 2015. He then missed the 2016 campaign after injuring his neck in fall camp. 

The redshirt junior does have more eligibility remaining, but could decide to return to school and delay an NFL career. Anderson graduated in May, per the release. 

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