AJ Parker lies on the field injured

Kansas State cornerback AJ Parker (12) lies on the field after suffering an ankle injury during the third quarter of last week’s win over Kansas. During Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference, K-State head coach Chris Klieman said Parker is “doubtful” to play against Texas on Saturday.

Kansas State might be without a key part of its defense for Saturday’s game at Texas.

AJ Parker, a starting cornerback who has been in the Wildcats’ lineup the past 20 games, could be sidelined after suffering an ankle injury in last week’s win at Kansas.

“It’s still too early to tell,” K-State head coach Chris Klieman said Monday during his time on the Big 12 coaches teleconference. “I’d think he’d be doubtful this week from what I saw Saturday and learned a little bit on Sunday. I think we’ll probably know more, I would hope Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Klieman added that Parker, who has a team best three interceptions this fall — fourth most among Big 12 players — was scheduled to have an MRI Monday. Parker had two tackles and a pass defensed before leaving in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-10 victory over the Jayhawks. He did not return. He was seen walking on crutches after the game.

While Parker’s absence would be a blow to the defense, the Wildcats’ offense could get some reinforcements: the top two running backs on the depth chart, graduate transfers James Gilbert and Jordon Brown, are returning to health.

Brown played last week, though he only carried twice for 8 yards. Brown, who had started every game in the backfield prior to Saturday, was held out.

“But we envision both those two kids being back this week,” Klieman said.

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