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Colorado St.’s top RB likely out with hand injury

Donnell Alexander, Kenny Keys, Tajh Hasson AP

An injury will cost Colorado State its leading rusher in 2012 in the short-term, although, it’s not nearly as bad as it could’ve been.

Donnell Alexander suffered a hand injury early in Sunday’s loss to in-state rival Colorado and did not return.  While the initial prognosis wasn’t good, head coach Jim McElwain told reporters Tuesday that it doesn’t appear surgery that would not him out for an extended period of time is going to be necessary.

That said, Alexander is likely out for this weekend’s game against Tulsa and there’s no definitive timetable for a return.

I don’t know when we’ll get him back,” McElwain said. “The good thing is it doesn’t look like it’s going to be surgical, so the tendons did not get severed as originally thought.”

Last season, Alexander led all Ram backs with 587 yards and four rushing touchdowns.  He added 17 catches out of the backfield.  Prior to the injury opening weekend, Alexander had rushed for 18 yards on just two carries.

In Alexander’s place, Kapri Bibbs, a redshirt sophomore who transferred to CSU from the JUCO ranks in January, led the Rams in rushing with 70 yards against the Buffaloes.  Bibbs was also responsible for the Rams’ only offensive touchdowns, a pair of scoring runs.

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