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Tony Pierson injury: Kansas RB elbow x-rays return negative

Kansas Jayhawks running back Tony Pierson is back to practice after leaving Kansas State game with elbow injury.

John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Kansas Jayhawks running back Tony Pierson has returned to practice after x-rays showed no damage to his elbow that he injured in the first half of Saturday's loss to the Kansas State Wildcats, KU coach Charlie Weis told KUSports.com.

It was a surprise to Weis, who first believed the injury was much worse.

"The x-ray was negative," Weis told KUSports.com. "Now, he had a sore elbow, but the way they were talking to me, I thought, for sure, we were talking an extended period of time. He actually went out there and practiced today."

The sophomore missed three quarters of action as the Wildcats steamrolled the Jayhawks 56-16. Pierson caught six passes for 63 yards early on against KSU. Junior James Sims took over for Pierson against the Wildcats and picked up 115 yards on 28 carries.

He's produced 319 rushing yards on 59 carries to lead the Jayhawks this season. Through less than five games this season, the 5'10, 170 pound speedster is 77 yards away from his freshman year totals.