LOS ANGELES — Here is your daily Baker Mayfield update: The Oklahoma star quarterback was initially absent from a Rose Bowl media session but then arrived about a half hour in.
“He’s just battling through,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said, adding later: “I don’t think it’ll have any big effect on the game.”
Riley also acknowledged that Mayfield has been limited in practice, though he did not elaborate. Riley only answered “a little bit” when asked if Mayfield has been limited.
Riley, asked if he was concerned that Mayfield’s illness would have an impact on the game, shook his head and said “no” several times, leaving it at that.
Riley declined to be specific on what sickness Mayfield was dealing with.
“He’s just pretty sick right now,” Riley said.
Oklahoma players and assistant coaches had been instructed the past few days not to say much if anything on the status of their star quarterback. Team officials had only confirmed he was sick.
Mayfield has been absent from previous team functions this week, other than practice, including media day Saturday, when every player and assistant coach is available. There was a podium reserved for Mayfield, but it was only announced just as Oklahoma’s delegation was entering the room that Mayfield would not attend.
Mayfield was seen at practice on Thursday and Friday, when the Sooners weren’t doing much during the viewing period, so it was hard to ascertain how much he was doing in practice.
It’s basically just been practice and rest at the team hotel for Mayfield, according to Riley, who said they were trying to “keep on top” of it to get the quarterback better.
The sickness began before the team arrived in Los Angeles. Riley was asked if any other Oklahoma player had caught a bit of what Mayfield had.
“We’ve got a few guys here and there who have been a little sick. But I don’t know that anybody’s had exactly what he’s had,” Riley said. “I think his deal is a little more isolated.”