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Two Oklahoma State Players to Miss First Exhibition

Oklahoma State Cowboys Head Coach Travis Ford (AP Photo) Oklahoma State Cowboys Head Coach Travis Ford (AP Photo)

Originally Published: Nov 2, 2009 5:38 PM CDT

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Reserves Nick Sidorakis and Teeng Akol have been sidelined with injuries as Oklahoma State prepares for its first exhibition game.

Sidorakis says he expects to be out only about a week with a right knee injury, but coach Travis Ford indicated that the process was still ongoing. Sidorakis was on crutches and didn't participate during practice Monday.

Akol is out with a broken right wrist. He also didn't go through practice.

"Before these guys got hurt, I was very solid with nine guys.If you have those two out, now it looks like I'm solid with maybe seven, which you need other guys to play and this is their opportunity," Ford said during the team's annual media day.

"They're not ready. That's for sure. They're not ready, but they're going to be thrown into some situations and they better perform."

The Cowboys play their first exhibition game Saturday night against Central Oklahoma, then open the regular season a week later against Seattle.

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