Status of injured Tech players undetermined for Kansas State game

Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville didn't say tight end Jace Amaro, cornerback Cornelius Douglas and nickel back Tre Porter would miss Saturday's game at No. 4 Kansas State, but he didn't say any of them would play either.

Amaro and Douglas both got hurt in Tech's Oct. 6 win over West Virginia, Porter in Tech's victory Saturday against TCU. Amaro is recovering from an internal injury suffered when he was blasted in the midsection by a West Virginia linebacker.

The two defensive backs, Douglas and Porter, both have knee injuries.

Tuberville said during his weekly Monday news conference that Porter and Douglas both were running, though not actually participating, in Sunday's workout. Players have Monday off.

Of Porter, Tuberville said, "I don't know what day of the week he'll practice, but they feel good about him."

Jarvis Phillips backs up Porter at nickel back. Tuberville said he does not want to use a cornerback who's not at 100 percent, so that will determine Douglas' return date. Bruce Jones has played virtually all of the last two games in his place.

"It's going to be close," Tuberville said of Douglas, "but he's a lot further along than I would have thought. Last week, he was kind of limping around. Yesterday, he looked pretty good."

Amaro, the Red Raiders' big sophomore tight end, got hurt in the same game he put up career best numbers of five receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown.

"Jace is still bruised up," Tuberville said. "He's day to day. He was in meetings yesterday going through everything, so we'll just have to wait and see when the doctors will eventually release him. But he's anxious and eager to get back out."

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