September 3, 2007

Pinkel updates Danario Alexander's status

After Saturday's season-opening win, Gary Pinkel said that Danario Alexander had dislocated his wrist. Monday morning on the Big XII coaches' call, Pinkel updated the status of his sophomore receiver.

"He had a wrist fracture," Pinkel said. "It does not need surgery, does not need pinned. They're talking four weeks on the minimal side and we'll see after that how quick he heals."

Alexander broke the wrist on a fourth quarter catch, his longest of a career-high nine receptions on Saturday. Pinkel admitted four weeks was the least amount of time Alexander could be out. Because he played as a true freshman, Alexander still has a redshirt season available.

In Alexander's absence, redshirt freshman Jeremy Maclin will move to the top of the depth chart this week. Maclin had two catches for 54 yards, including a touchdown. He also had a 29-yard gain on a reverse and a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown against Illinois.

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