3 key injured Kansas State players ahead of Texas football matchup

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Daniel Green Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
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Daniel Green, LB

The most significant injury that Kansas State is dealing with heading into this matchup against the Longhorns this coming weekend is the issue that senior linebacker Daniel Green is working through. Green was originally hurt in Kansas State’s road loss to the TCU Horned Frogs on Oct. 22.

Green was one of the multiple Kansas State players that got banged up in that game against TCU a couple of weeks ago.

Prior to exiting the TCU game with an injury, Green had played in just 16 defensive snaps, which amounts to his lowest total of the season to date.

And while Green did have his status in question for Kansas State’s game last weekend against Oklahoma State, he didn’t end up playing. That means that the last time Green played in a full game for Kansas State was back on Oct. 8 against the Iowa State Cyclones.

Moreover, it still doesn’t look like there is confirmation that Green will be available for Kansas State against Texas this coming weekend. He was limited in practice throughout last week, and is still looks very much like Green is in the midst of the recovery timeline.

Of any lingering injuries that the Wildcats are dealing with week-over-week in the linebacker room right now, Green’s is probably the most important to note for this Texas game. He is the starting mike linebacker that is often essentially the quarterback of the defense.

Green is also one of the noted playmakers on this Kansas State defense as he has nearly 30 combined tackles on the season, along with 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, and two pass breakups.

If Green is out for the second consecutive, that would be a big gap for the Wildcats to fill in the front seven. Not only is he a proven playmaker at linebacker, but he is also one of the best run-stoppers for this defensive front.

And Kansas State will be facing a much more formidable rushing attack this weekend with star junior running back Bijan Robinson and senior Roschon Johnson coming to town compared to what the Wildcats faced in Oklahoma State’s ground game last weekend.