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Head injury has KU’s leading receiver’s status iffy

Tony Pierson AP

Whether or not Kansas has one of its most explosive offensive weapons as it looks to snap a three-year-plus Big 12 losing streak this weekend remains to be seen.

Tony Pierson was knocked out — literally — of the Jayhawks’ loss to Texas Tech Saturday.  While the word “concussion” wasn’t officially attached to the injury, head coach Charlie Weis said Monday that “[f]ortunately all he’s got is a headache, which is a good thing.”

Whether that means will miss a single game or multiple games — or no time at all — remains the great unknown for both the player and the coaching staff.  What is clear is that the running back-wide receiver won’t return until he gets the thumbs up from KU’s medical team.

“When the doctors and trainers tell me it’s safe for him to go, that’s when he’ll go,” Weis said. “And he will not go one second before that. I don’t try to be the doctor here. I just heed their advice.”

Pierson, who is officially listed on KU’s roster as a “halfback/flanker,” leads the Jayhawks in receptions ( 21) and receiving yards (327).  He’s also third on the team in rushing with 80 yards on 12 carries.

Last season as a sophomore, Pierson produced 1,051 yards of offense — 760 rushing, 291 receiving.  Both of those totals were second on the team.

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