Oklahoma loses top defender for eight weeks

Oklahoma, which snagged the top spot in USA Today's recently released preseason Top 25 poll, will be without star defender Travis Lewis for eight weeks after the weakside linebacker suffered a broken bone in his foot during practice on Monday.

Travis LewisTravis Lewis, OU's top defender, will miss eight weeks after breaking a bone in his foot.

The All-American has been the team's leading tackler the last three seasons and is the leader of a Sooners defense looking to complement its high-powered offense as the team seeks another berth in the BCS national championship game.

Head coach Bob Stoops said that Corey Nelson will move into Lewis' position and that Tony Jefferson will work at the nickel back in the meantime.

"We're disappointed for Travis," Stoops said. "He has worked very hard and I know he'll want to get back as quickly as possible.

"We'll adapt in the meantime. We've recruited very well and have some excellent athletes in those positions. I'm confident that those players will perform well."

The only good news for OU is that Lewis will not require surgery.

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