Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen revealed Monday morning that senior Tony Pierson is recovering from an unspecified “neck-type” injury after leaving early during Saturday’s 34-21 loss at Texas Tech.
“We haven’t got the final word on exactly what it is,” Bowen said, “but yesterday, Tony looked good and was moving around well. It doesn’t look to be something really bad.”
Pierson, who began the season at receiver, has spent more time at running back, his original position, since Bowen replaced Charlie Weis in late September. Pierson had 10 carries and two receptions in a loss to Oklahoma State on Oct. 11. He carried the ball twice against Texas Tech before exiting the game in the first quarter.
Pierson, a 5-foot-10 speedster, has been plagued by injuries during his final seasons at Kansas. He missed five games last season while battling issues related to a concussion.
Bowen said Monday that Kansas would practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week before taking Friday and Saturday off. The Jayhawks, 2-5 and 0-4 in the Big 12, have played seven consecutive weeks after having a bye week during the opening week of the schedule. They'll return to the road against Baylor on Nov. 1.
The bye comes at a good time, with many players nursing various ailments and injuries.
“It’ll allow us to rest,” Bowen said, “but it also allows us to focus on a lot of areas in which we need to improve. We talked to our team about improving the little things, that we’re allowing to get away, which are the fundamentals, in a lot of ways. (We’ll) anchor down and practice some fundamental football.”