Collin Klein’s status for this Saturday’s game at TCU is still unknown.
The Kansas State quarterback left this weekend’s game midway through the third quarter after scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run. He did not return.
Instead, the Heisman frontrunner watched the end of the Wildcats’ 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State from the sidelines, interacting with coaches and his teammates, showing no visible signs of an injury, while backup Daniel Sams finished out the game.
Sams completed 5-of-6 passes for 45 yards for the Wildcats, who play at TCU on Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m. and televised nationally on FOX.
“He obviously was injured or we wouldn’t have taken him out,” K-State coach Bill Snyder said of Klein on Saturday night.
Though Snyder hasn’t offered any official word on his prized quarterback’s condition, Klein’s mother Kelly told ESPN’s Joe Schad that she visited with her son Sunday and that “he looks great and he feels great.”
His mother also said she thinks Klein is, “going to be 100 percent this week,” and that as far as she knows, “he will begin a normal film review and normal practice week.”
But according to a report Sunday night by Yahoo Sports, Klein was lifted from the game due to fears of a concussion.
Sources told Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel that when Klein was being evaluated on the sidelines by trainers, the senior “could not recall the details of the drive, including the fact he scored.”
How the injury occurred, though, remains a mystery. On the last drive he appeared on, Klein rushed up the middle for a short gain and got up shaking his wrist, but stayed in the game.
Later on the same drive, Klein then completed three straight passes without a problem, leading one to think the wrist was fine. But what happened on the next three plays could have been what knocked Klein from the game. On the first of three straight carries to get the ball into the end zone, Klein was tackled hard, taking a direct hit on his helmet and then slamming his head to the turf. Still, though, Klein got back up and then rushed 10 yards, getting shoved out of bounds at the 1. He scored one play later and ran off the field.
Klein, who completed 16-of-22 passes for 245 yards and rushed for another 64 yards and a TD, battled numerous injuries last season, but never missed a game — even being held out of a month’s worth of practices.