The news reported is correct on Elbert Craig, Jr. As reported by several news outlets Craig suffered a season ending knee injury. An MRI revealed that Craig's injury in a live pass rush drill on Tuesday was indeed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The Cowboys starting weak safety is one of the best tacklers in the Big 12 and made his 18th consecutive start and 28th of his career in the SMU game. This season he was ninth on the team in tackles and for his career he finishes 14th on the all-time O-State tackle list with 277 stops.
With Craig out the weak safety position is now manned by Freddie Sinclair and Jamar Ransom. Both have had a lot of playing time and should do well, but you hate to lose the veteran experience and leadership of Craig.
Before anyone asks, Craig is not a candidate for a sixth year from the NCAA. He redshirted as a freshman, and had three uninterrupted seasons of playing time. The NCAA rule specifies that players who lose two or more years of eligibility playing time as a result of circumstances out of their control (primarily injury) can apply for an additional year of eligibility.
The Cowboys have had some other injuries in practice this week that could impact playing time for Saturday's game with Louisiana-Lafayette, but head coach Les Miles' policy of not reporting injuries (this applies to beat reporters that are allowed to view practice but not report injuries) keeps me from detailing those. I can tell you that none of those injuries appeared to be serious enough to impact any playing time beyond Saturday.
It also appears that previously injured players such as tight end Billy Bajema (hamstring), free safety Thomas Wright (knee), center Ben Buie (back), safety Jamie Thompson (quad), and fullback Tim Burrough (shoulder) appear to be improved and all players should be ready for the ULL game Saturday.
Elbert Craig suffers season-ending injury
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