LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 29: Chris Nwoke #6 of the Colorado State Rams scores on a two-point conversion against the UNLV Rebels during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium October 29, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 38-35. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Colorado St. Rams could be without starting running Chris Nwoke when this week as they host the defending FCS champions South Dakota State. Nwoke had an ankle injury in mid-August and was in a walking boot, but it was not serious.
Then in their 22-17 win over the Colorado Buffaloes, Nwoke left the game with a lower extremity injury mid-way through the third quarter. Before he left the game he had 47 yards on 11 carries, and his replacement was freshman Donnell Alexander who picked up where Nwoke left off with 66 yards.
Head coach Jim McElwain is going to need to see Nwoke practice by Wednesday in order for him to play this weekend, and Nwoke sid not practice on Monday:
"It's that simple," McElwain said. "As you know, I don't believe in gamers. You've got to do it in practice, which shows you can do it in the game."
The Rams are not desperate to get Nwoke in the lineup, because they are playing a FCS team and with how Alexander played against Colorado there should not be a drop off in the running game this weekend. The only concern is if Nwoke's injury lingers through out the year.
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