Oklahoma's running game takes a hit with Samaje Perine out at least two weeks

Oklahoma is going to be without running back Samaje Perine for a while.

Bob Stoops announced Monday that Perine will miss at least two weeks, possibly three, as he deals with a hamstring injury. Perine suffered the injury early in Oklahoma's 38-17 win against Kansas State. He had rushed for 23 yards on three carries during Oklahoma's opening drive, and then capped the possession off with a 25-yard touchdown catch to give Oklahoma an early lead. It was on that touchdown, however, that Perine tweaked his hamstring as he never returned to the game.

Bob Stoops did say after the game that Perine could have played if he'd been forced to, but things have obviously changed since then.

Oklahoma goes on the road to play Texas Tech this week, and follows that up games against Kansas and Iowa State. Should the Sooners get past the Red Raiders, they can probably afford to give Perine as much time as he needs to heal, as I don't think he'd be a necessity against the Jayhawks and Cyclones.

It'd be better for the Sooners to have him at 100 percent for the stretch run against Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State.

Through six games, Perine has rushed for 475 yards and six touchdowns.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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