OU’s Jaren Kanak released from hospital after chest injury

OU’s Jaren Kanak released from hospital after chest injury

Kanak was carted out of Nippert Stadium after sustaining an injury in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 20-6 win at Cincinnati.

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

| Sep 23, 2023, 3:44pm CDT

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

Sep 23, 2023, 3:44pm CDT

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.

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Eli Lederman reports on the University of Oklahoma for Sellout Crowd. He began his professional career covering the University of Missouri with the Columbia Missourian and later worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before two years writing on the Sooners and Cowboys at the Tulsa World. Born and raised in Mamaroneck, New York, Lederman grew up a rabid consumer of the New York sports pages and an avid fan of the New York Mets. He entered sportswriting at 14 years old and later graduated from the University of Missouri. Away from the keyboard, he can usually be found exploring the Oklahoma City food scene or watching/playing fútbol (read: soccer). He can be reached at [email protected].

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