Oklahoma State sophomore Daytawion Lowe could miss the 2010 season with a shoulder injury, according to a source close to the situation.
A final decision on shoulder surgery has not been made, but Lowe, a former Carl Albert High standout, will definitely need the surgery at some point.
While playing through the injury is an option, concerns about further injury to the shoulder and the desire to protect his long-term health could force Lowe to have surgery before the season and take a redshirt year.
If Lowe, who was a playmaker on special teams as a freshman and appeared poised to be a key part of the Cowboys' defense this season, elects to have season-ending surgery it will be a tough blow for the secondary.
Fellow safety Victor Johnson's status with the team remains unclear, leaving the Pokes searching for depth at safety behind starters Markelle Martin and Johnny Thomas. Incoming freshmen Lavocheya Cooper, Deion Imade and Zach Craig will likely have a bigger opportunity to earn immediate playing time if Lowe misses the season.
Anyiam expected to be full speed in two weeks
Receiver Hubert Anyiam will participate in OSU's first practice on Friday but will be limited. The junior from Garland, Texas, is still recovering from a broken foot suffered during spring practice but is expected to be full speed for the season opener against Washington State on Sept. 4.
"I would expect him to be out there full speed in a couple of weeks," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "Because he's mature and experienced, we will be more lenient on getting him out there than we would be on a guy we feel like we have to push into the fire right away."
After Dez Bryant was suspended by the NCAA, Anyiam stepped into Bryant's starting spot and led the Cowboys in receiving last season with 42 catches for 515 yards and three touchdowns.
The 6-foot, 198-pound receiver is expected to be a key target for quarterback Brandon Weeden in 2010.