Kansas State DB Johnathan Durham vs. Iowa State 2017

Kansas State defensive back Johnathan Durham goes in for a tackle against Iowa State running back Sheldon Croney Jr. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in November 2017. Durham is recovering from an injury, though head coach Chris Klieman expects the fifth-year senior to be available Saturday.

Kansas State’s defense could receive a boost this week.

During head coach Chris Klieman’s weekly press conference Tuesday, he said a pair of injured defenders — linebacker Cody Fletcher and defensive back Johnathan Durham — might be able to play against Bowling Green.

After Justin Hughes tore his ACL in the spring, Fletcher was expected to take on a larger role among the linebacker corps this fall. But that’s temporarily been on hold after Fletcher suffered a lower leg injury during preseason camp and missed last week’s opener against Nicholls.

He might make his debut Saturday, though.

“We’re hoping that Cody gets to practice late this week,” Klieman said. “That’s the plan for him. Now, whether that makes him available, I’m not sure.”

Durham, Jahron McPherson’s backup at nickelback, played against Nicholls and recorded one tackle before leaving with an injury. Klieman deemed him “probable” to be on the field against the Falcons.

“There’s a chance he could play,” Klieman said. “If not, it’s not long term for him, for sure.”

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