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Tony Pierson could miss ‘substantial time’ for KU

Updated: 2013-10-06T00:54:19Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

— Charlie Weis said KU junior running back Tony Pierson could miss “substantial time” after suffering a potential concussion on a 39-yard reception in the third quarter of KU’s 54-16 loss against Texas Tech on Saturday.

Pierson appeared to land hard on a portion of the track at Memorial Stadium and stayed motionless for a few minutes.

“When I ran over there,” Weis said, “his eyes weren’t really open yet. He was breathing, but his eyes weren’t open yet.”

Pierson, who finished with a career-high 118 receiving yards, eventually sat up and walked off under his own power. If the initial prognosis holds, he’ll likely be out for KU’s game at TCU on Saturday.

• The official crowd at Memorial Stadium, according to KU’s ledger, was 25,648. That number brings KU’s average attendance after three games, according to NCAA figures, to 35,757. According to a recent study done by the Birmingham News, KU averaged 45,050 during its first three games last season.

By the fourth quarter on Saturday, most of the announced crowd had cleared out.

“If I were at the game, I probably would have left to,” Weis said. “Now when I was in school, I never left. When I was school, we just didn’t leave. We went to the game, we stayed for the whole game, whether you won or lost the game. We stayed. But I can’t complain about people leaving.”

Weis added: “They should get combat play for just sticking around to the end.”

• Junior linebacker Samson Faifili, a junior college transfer, didn’t play because of an undisclosed injury. Sophomore Jake Love, who started often last season, replaced Faifili with the first-string unit.

• Junior nose tackle Keon Stowers was reportedly among a handful of KU players who wore the letters “APU” on their gear during Saturday’s game. The letters stand for “All Players United,” a movement started by the National College Players Association to advocate for better benefits and protections for college athletes.

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/rustindodd.

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