LUBBOCK, Texas — Injuries continue to pile up for Kansas State.
Starting cornerback Walter Neil Jr. went down with an injury in the first quarter of Saturday's game and did not return. Then in the third quarter, redshirt freshman receiver Malik Knowles injured his arm. He also did not play another snap following the injury.
After Neil went to the sideline, redshirt freshman Lance Robinson stepped in and finished the game opposite Kevion McGee.
Following the Wildcats' 30-27 victory, head coach Chris Klieman didn't provide an update on the status of either Neil or Knowles.
"Hopefully we'll know (more about their injuries) early in the week," Klieman said.
Klieman made sure to point out that Robinson's increased role Saturday wasn't solely because of Neil's injury; it was because of the "great week of practice" Robinson had heading into gameday.
"I thought Lance did a great job," Klieman said of Robinson, who collected three tackles, just one off his season high of four, set in the opener against Nicholls in September. "We were going to play him no matter what."
Klieman also praised third-year sophomore Chabastin Taylor for "stepping up" in Knowles' absence. Taylor had K-State's final touchdown of the day: a 48-yard reception from Skylar Thompson with 8:54 remaining in the game.
"We lose Malik," Klieman said, "and now Chabastin's getting a chance to come in and make some plays."
Numerous other K-State players suffered minor injuries, remaining down on the field after a play for an extended period of time, only to miss a snap or a drive before returning.
That included, among others, receivers Dalton Schoen and Phillip Brooks as well as defensive lineman Drew Wiley and linebackers Da'Quan Patton and Daniel Green.
Patton downplayed any suggestion he was hurt, however, telling reporters he only was poked in the way and was shaken up momentarily.
One player who didn't make the trip with the team for Saturday's game was defensive back Johnathan Durham. The reason for his absence is unknown at this time.