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Oklahoma State Starting Running Back Out “Several Weeks” With Broken Hand

Cowboys running back Chris Carson suffered a broken hand in the game against Central Michigan



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The game wasn’t all Oklahoma State lost against Central Michigan. Chris Carson, Oklahoma State’s starting running back, was noticeably absent from last week’s game against Pittsburgh. Now we know it was because Carson suffered a broken hand against the Chippewas, and that he will be out for “several weeks”.

Dave Hunziker, radio play-by-play caller for the Cowboys, revealed the injury on his weekly podcast.

“He (Chris Carson) broke his hand in the Central Michigan game, and they don’t expect him to play for several weeks. So that’s a position where the Cowboys have some options .. Barry J. Sanders is an option, Justice Hill has been seeing the bulk of the work along with Rennie Childs. .. So with Carson out, it’s a chance for Rennie Childs to really stake the claim as the No. 1 tailback.”

And stake his claim as the number one tailback is exactly what Rennie Childs did on Saturday, and it looks like he and Justice Hill will get the bulk of the work while Carson heals.

Childs started against Pitt and led all rushers with 101 yards on just 101 carries. That was mostly in thanks to a 67-yard touchdown run in second quarter; one of four touchdowns on the day.

Childs got the start, and made the most of his opportunities, but Hill got most of the work. He finished with 12 carries, but only amassed 28 yards on the day.

Going forward, I expect to see the time split fairly evenly between Childs and Hill as they both have their uses. With Carson out, Childs will continue to get the goal line work as he’s the bigger back. Hill is a speedster that offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich will lean on in the open field.

Barry J. Sanders provides the Cowboys with plenty of depth, but will continue have his opportunities limited behind Hill.

As for Chris Carson, the injury is a tough blow for the JUCO transfer in his final year. He came into Stillwater with a lot of promise and was the Cowboy’s leading rusher last season. So far this season he earned 45 yards and score before his injury.

An exact timetable on the injury is unknown, but it would appear the Cowboys do expect him to return at some point this season.