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Oklahoma State injury update: Shane Jarka out, Chris Donaldson questionable

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: September 7, 2010 at 9:40 am •  Published: September 6, 2010

Oklahoma State took a hit to its defensive midsection Saturday night, when both starting tackles — Shane Jarka and Chris Donaldson — went out midway through the first half with apparent knee injuries.

The Cowboys are now hoping for a 50-50 proposition with their tackles.

Mike Gundy said Monday that Jarka would not play against Troy, but Donaldson is expected to practice tonight and could return Saturday.

"(Monday) is a day off for us," Gundy said. "We'll know a lot more about them (today)."

Weeden OK

Quarterback Brandon Weeden suffered what Gundy termed a "bruise" to his right throwing thumb when he hit a defender's helmet following through on a pass against Washington State.

Gundy offered no concern, however, saying Weeden would practice today and start Saturday.

Surprise, surprise

OSU's 44 rushing attempts against Washington State served as a surprise for a team expected to air it out under new offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen.

And the surprise extended to the team.

"Oh, very surprised," said Cowboys guard Lane Taylor. "This offense is known just as an air attack, pass blocking.

"We got out there and we just kept running the ball. It kind of felt like we were in the old offense for a while."

And while Holgorsen has said all along that he'd include Kendall Hunter heavily in the game plan, as well as take what defenses allowed, Saturday's dose of run plays (52 percent) was something new even for him.

"It's game by game, it really is," Holgorsen said. "It's been 15 (percent). It's not been 52 (percent); 52 is the highest I've been a part of."

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