Injury Update

Backfield duo will play together against Texas on Saturday

The rumored hand injury to running back Darren Sproles is indeed just that -- a rumor.

Sproles, K-State's Heisman Trophy-candidate running back, only carried 14 times in K-State's 27-20 loss to Marshall.

Fans had thought that Sproles injured his hand when Marshall defensive lineman Jonathan Goddard was returning a fumble for a touchdown. Sproles chased him down at midfield and attempted to make the tackle, but was bowled over by the 250-pound Goddard. Sproles played sparingly the rest of the game, and reports circulated that he was seen on campus last week with a cast on his hand.

Coach Bill Snyder, however, was quick to dismiss the erroneous reports at Tuesday's press conference. "He's healthy," Snyder said, before adding, "I'm going to send him to class next week, so your stringers can see him. We'll put braces on both knees and casts on both arms."

The tongue-in-cheek comment was made largely in the wake of the Topeka Capital-Journal's report last week that Sproles was nursing that hand injury.

Sproles, meanwhile, was equally vocal in dismissing the injury. He stated that he never went to class with a cast on his hand, and that he didn't know from where the reports came.

Quarterback Ell Roberson, meanwhile, will return to the starting lineup after missing the last two games against Division I-AA Massachusetts and Marshall. Roberson, who has gained more than 750 yards of total offense in just nine quarters, said he expects to be 100 percent at game time.

"Yeah, having two weeks -- actually three -- off helps out," Roberson said. "Not that I was hurt too bad, but to get back to being healthy, it helps out."

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