Week 11 College Football Injury Report: Latest News and Updates

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2012

Nobody's healthy at this point in the college football season, but some guys are more banged up than others.

With conference games on the line and BCS implications in virtually every Top 25 game from now until the end of the season, teams need their best players on the field if they have any chance of achieving glory on the gridiron.

Here are the latest updates on all the major injuries that could impact a game near you.



QB Collin Klein, Kansas State (Undisclosed)

The Heisman Trophy hopeful was knocked from last week's game against Oklahoma State in the third quarter with what many, including Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel, believe to be a concussion:

Source: KState's Collin Klein was taken out Saturday over concerns of a possible concussion. Didn’t know he just scored TD. Story coming

— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) November 4, 2012

It's all speculation, as Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder never actually divulged what Klein's injury was, nor has he given any updates on Klein's condition. But as he told the Washington Post, Snyder expects Klein to play against TCU: "Let’s cut to the chase. Would I expect him to play? I certainly hope that’s the case, and I would expect that to take place."


RB Malcolm Brown, Texas (Concussion)

According to Mark Rosner of the Austin American-Statesman, Malcolm Brown will be in the backfield mix for the Longhorns against Iowa State on Saturday:

Mack Brown said tailback Malcolm Brown could have played last week. Expects him to play this week

— Mark Rosner (@MarkRosnerAAS) November 5, 2012

The explosive sophomore has carried the ball 40 times for 245 yards and three touchdowns on the season.


RB Rex Burkhead, Nebraska (Knee)

Burkhead hasn't played in nearly a month, and that probably won't change Saturday against Penn State, according to Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal-Star:

Rex Burkhead doubtful for Saturday's game vs. Penn State, Pelini says. #Huskers

— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) November 9, 2012

He's averaging a ridiculous 8.7 yards per carry on the season, picking up 405 yards on only 47 carries.


RB Knile Davis, Arkansas (Hamstring)

Embattled head coach John L. Smith wasn't entirely forthcoming when asked about his junior running back's availability on Saturday against South Carolina, according to Mike Herndon of the Press-Register:

JL Smith on Knile Davis: "We're anticipating a no-go now. That's not necessarily the case." Davis did practice yesterday. Calls it 50-50

— Mike Herndon (@MikeHerndonAMG) November 7, 2012

Davis is Arkansas' second leading rusher, carrying the ball 100 times for 340 yards and two touchdowns.


RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama (Ankle)

One half of Alabama's dynamic backfield, Eddie Lacy suffered a minor ankle injury last week against LSU but is expected to play this week against Texas A&M, according to ESPN's Chris Scarborough:

Saban says everybody practiced today and they’re hopeful everyone (Eddie Lacy, Amari Cooper) will be ready to go.

— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) November 7, 2012

Lacy leads the Crimson Tide with 120 carries and eight rushing touchdowns on the season, and his 679 yards rushing is second only to T.J. Yeldon's 725 yards.


RB Damien Williams, Oklahoma (Ankle)

Oklahoma's leading rusher (and owner of one of the best touchdown runs of the season), Damien Williams remains questionable for Saturday's game against Baylor, according to Yahoo! Sports (h/t ESPN).

In the Sooners' 35-20 win over Iowa State last week, Williams was only able to carry the ball three times for seven yards before the ankle forced him from the game. If he can't go, Brennan Clay, who picked up 157 yards rushing and a touchdown on 24 carries last week, figures to get the start.


WR Amari Cooper, Alabama (Ankle)

Freshman receiver Amari Cooper is expected to play Saturday against Texas A&M, according to Huntsville's WHNT:

Alabama RB Eddie Lacy, and WR Amari Cooper participated fully in Wednesday's practice. Both should be full strength Saturday.

— WHNT Sports (@WHNT_sports) November 8, 2012

Cooper is Alabama's leading receiver on the season, with 32 receptions for 472 yards and five touchdowns.


Rick Weiner is part of Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team, a MLB Featured Columnist and a giant to those 5'4" and under. 


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