Post OSU/KSU Injury Report

Give Kansas State credit as they are a physical football team and so are the Cowboys. The score may have been a wide open, wild shoot-out 52-45 with over 1,000 yards of offense but there was plenty of contact.

I can tell you in the locker room there were a lot of spent individuals and very sore ones, too. Star linebacker James Thomas with the interception, quarterback tackle for loss, and late deflection told us he played through a migraine headache that he wasn't sure would allow him to play. He was one example of the sore and worn out Cowboys after the game. That said here is what we know coming out and on the injuries of last night it is not a lot.

Cowboys safety and fifth defensive back for last night, Deion Imade, came out with a right knee injury and missed the rest of the contest. He spent the latter part of the game with the knee wrapped in ice. Not sure, but my guess is he will have an MRI to see what the extent of the injury is. Trainer Kevin Blaske wouldn't speculate much beyond he will need to be examined further. Usually, if it is "season ending" serious like a torn ACL they know immediately. This was not the case with Imade.

The Cowboys finished the game down three wide receivers with Hubert Anyiam out for the season with the broken foot that had to be repaired surgically. Then inside receiver Josh Cooper did not suit up last night. During the game, outside receiver Michael Harrison suffered a right ankle sprain. He did not return but it is not believed to be season ending. However, ankle sprains, really depending on where, either the dreaded high sprain or low, are a very different injury with each individual.

Star linebacker Shaun Lewis continues to fight an ankle injury and had to come out of the game briefly late, but immediately returned. He wears a boot some in the week and works through practice and then plays. He will be going on the third week for that routine.

As for the guys that missed last night, Josh Cooper and Jeremy Smith...

Cooper did not suit up and was in sweats. He is pretty valuable as he serves as a dependable crutch receiver for Brandon Weeden. He tried during the week some, but really needed another week. Cooper said he is hopeful he can fully go on the hamstring this next week and be ready for the stretch drive of the season. The being patient and holding him out will hopefully reap dividends.

Smith had surgery on his injured finger from Baylor last Sunday and was back suited up from practice on Tuesday. He was more fully able to do things on Wednesday and especially Thursday and was cleared to play. It was a coaching decision to hold him out and allow the finger more time to heal before getting him back in the mix at Texas Tech. He did suit up last night and in an emergency would have played.

Of course, three players remain out for the season in offensive guard Jonathan Rush, cornerback Devin Hedgepeth, and the aforementioned Hubert Anyiam.


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