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OU football: Lincoln Riley says Ronnie Perkins’ suspension status ‘has not changed’ ahead of OU-Texas

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Sophomore defensive lineman Ronnie Perkins celebrates during the game against TCU, Nov. 23, 2019.

After initial reports from SoonerScoop reported he had won his suspension appeal, junior defensive end Ronnie Perkins’ playing status was addressed by Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley in a Big 12 coaches teleconference on Monday, saying nothing has changed.

"His status for Saturday day has not changed," Riley said. "He hasn't been playing, and his status for (OU-Texas) has not changed."

Perkins, along with sophomore wide receiver Trejan Bridges and senior running back Rhamondre Stevenson, was suspended from the team after a failed drug test before Oklahoma's Peach Bowl loss to LSU in December.

Despite that, Perkins traveled with the Sooners to Ames, Iowa, for their matchup against Iowa State. Riley said Perkins was in attendance for “moral support” during Oklahoma’s 37-30 loss to the Cyclones.

“Ronnie is an important leader for us, and just his presence there was very positive,” Riley said. “That really contributed to an excited sideline, and it was just really good for so many of our young guys in key positions."

Kick-off for the Sooners’ game against No. 22 Texas is set 11 a.m. on Oct. 10 in Dallas, Texas on FOX.

Chandler Engelbrecht is a journalism junior and the Daily's assistant sports editor. He currently covers OU football and has previously covered OU men's basketball, volleyball and men's gymnastics.

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