Oklahoma’s devastating loss to TCU’s Horned Frogs left little to cheer about. The loss wasn’t the only bad news for Oklahoma; quarterback Dillon Gabriel and defensive end Damond Harmon also had scary moments that made fans worry about their safety.
After being knocked unconscious by a blow in the first half, Dillon Gabriel could walk off the field after being examined by Oklahoma’s medical personnel. He stayed out of the game after suffering a concussion, and Venables told reporters about it after their loss to TCU.
Prior to the Sooners’ journey to Dallas for the Red River Showdown, his availability remains uncertain. Oklahoma safety Damond Harmon was injured in the fourth quarter, when ABC was switching the broadcast to one of the stations, rendering him immobile until being taken off the field.
Prayers up 🙏🙏🙏 for Damond Harmon. pic.twitter.com/omEFV7mBbY
— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) October 1, 2022
The Sooners’ chances of having two starters available for the Red River Showdown decrease if Gabriel and Harmon both struggle this week. Perhaps even more crucial, you wish for the two players’ long-term health.
TCU won 55-24 against Oklahoma on Saturday, but the Sooners’ defensive back Damond Harmon was stretchered off the field after a nasty collision, prompting a tense situation in the fourth quarter. After what seemed to be a hit to the head or neck, both teams stopped playing while Harmon was treated.
Brent Venables says Damond Harmon has a history of back issues. The team surgeon said his neck was stable on the field. Harmon will get an MRI and continue evaluation. #Sooners
— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) October 1, 2022
Before leaving the field, Harmon was spotted moving his arms and appeared aware. Prior to it, Oklahoma’s quarterback Dillon Gabriel left the game in the second quarter after taking a severe hit from TCU’s defender Jamoi Hodge. On double down, when Gabriel slid with the ball at the 50-yard line, he was taken down by Hodge, who landed a blow on Gabriel’s head and neck.
A targeting penalty against Hodge was upheld, and he was subsequently sent off the field. At the time of the play, TCU had a 34-10 lead over its opponent in the second quarter.
Gabriel walked off the field and into the sideline injury tent before heading into the locker room. Since taking that hit in the second quarter against TCU, Dillon Gabriel has been out.