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OSU Cowboy Football Injury Update

James Washington is expected to play Saturday against Iowa State after sitting out most of the second half after taking a vicious hit in the Texas game.

The injury report given at Mike Gundy's weekly news conference was vague. The most serious and the most critical for the team is James Washington. The Cowboys wide receiver is second in the Big 12 in receiving yards averaging 115.8 yards a game and he is sixth in the league in pass receptions. He is one of the most explosive players in the nation.

Saturday, he took a cheap shot, helmet to helmet from Longhorns defender Malcolm Roach and I'm still wondering why it wasn't called targeting. Roach did launch and he used the crown of his helmet and Washington did not adjust.

The junior receiver left the game and was held out by the OSU medical staff as a precaution, but some believe Washington was out for a moment on the field after the hit. He did walk off under his own power and was smiling. He had a normal conversation on the sidelines and also appeared normal after the game in the locker room.

"He's fine," head coach Mike Gundy answered when asked about Washington.

"James is good. I think he got banged up there, the bad hit there," quarterback Mason Rudolph answered when asked about his number one target. "I'm pretty sure he is going to go this week. I know he will be practicing this week and I think he's progressed from Saturday."

There were other injuries Saturday with the most serious looking to be "star" linebacker Jordan Burton, who came out complaining of stinger-like symptoms on his right side, all the way down his right side.

"I would say he (Jordan Burton) is probable," Gundy said of Burton. "They do all their medical exams and follow-up this afternoon when they get out of school. Then they let us know after that."

Gundy said he expected defensive end Jarrell Owens to be ready to play this Saturday. He also said that running back Chris Carson had a smaller protective brace on his hand and he expected him to practice this week, but likely would not be ready to play until after the open week in the next game with Kansas.

Wide receiver Marcell Ateman is to be examined again this week with his foot injury. Defensive end Jordan Brailford is still out until further notice.

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