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Bradford to undergo surgery, enter NFL draft

Word on the status of Sam Bradford has finally come in, and it’s not good news for the Sooner faithful.

Not only has the Oklahoma quarterback decided to undergo season-ending surgery, but he’s also made the career-changing decision -- tentatively -- of entering the 2010 NFL draft.

“I dreamed about coming to Oklahoma my whole life,” Bradford said in a release. “That’s the reason I came back for this season. And I came back to play, not sit on the bench. That’s the reason I tried to play after the injury. I’m very disappointed that it didn’t work out differently.”

Rehabilitation time for his injury, according to the release, is 4-6 months from the time of the surgery. According to the press release, he would enter the draft only if the rehab was going as expected.

Provided he has the surgery this Tuesday as was reported last week, the earliest he would be back according to the initial timetable is the end of February. If it’s the at the end of the timeline, he wouldn’t be able to return until around the time of the NFL draft.

Obviously, how his rehab goes between the time of the procedure and when eligible players must declare for the draft in mid-January will determine his precise course.

At least for now, though, it very much appears that the tremendous OU career of Bradford has come to an end.