Kanak was carted out of Nippert Stadium after sustaining an injury in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 20-6 win at Cincinnati.
CINCINNATI — Oklahoma linebacker Jaren Kanak was released from the hospital late Saturday afternoon after exiting the Sooners’ 20-6 win at Cincinnati with a chest injury, Brent Venables confirmed. He will travel back to Norman with the team Saturday night.
Kanak went to the ground in the fourth quarter after making a tackle and was helped off the field by team medical staff. He was later carted out of the stadium and was spotted spitting blood on his way to an ambulance. The Fox broadcast team also reported that Kanak was struggling to catch his breath after he came off the field.
“He got hit in the chest. Early results seem to be … he’ll be okay,” Venables said following the Week 4 win. “We had him checked out locally here and hopefully everything will continue to check out.”
Kanak recorded seven tackles — second-most among OU defenders — and a quarterback hurry before his exit, raising his count to 19 tackles on the season. Kanak was replaced for the remainder of the game by sophomore Kip Lewis (four tackles).
“He’s alright,” said linebacker Danny Stutsman. “He’s a fighter. That’s my guy. He’ll be alright and he’ll push through.”
Kanak has started all four games for the Sooners this fall. His status moving forward ahead of OU’s Week 5 visit from Iowa State is unclear.