Lubbock, Texas This isn't a good time for Texas Tech to face to the possibility of being without two of its standouts.
The Red Raiders, already 0-2 in the Big 12 after last weekend's 34-31 double-overtime loss to Kansas, could be without quarterback Kliff Kingsbury and middle linebacker Lawrence Flugence for Saturday's game against No. 24 Kansas State.
Kingsbury (sprained right thumb) and Flugence (sprained right knee), arguably the best offensive and defensive players, were injured in the Kansas game. Both are questionable this week.
Tech coach Mike Leach has said he believes Kingsbury will be ready to play Saturday, but the Big 12's leading passer didn't practice Tuesday. Flugence was on the practice field, but was moving slowly.
Kingsbury injured his thumb when he went down as he released a pass in the third quarter against the Jayhawks. He has completed 128 of 189 passes (68 percent) for 1,152 yards. He didn't a snap in the fourth quarter or either overtime series after the injury.
Leach said losing Kingsbury had a negative impact on Tech (2-2, 0-2 Big 12), though it wasn't a fatal blow.
"The thing about it was we had plenty of opportunities to beat Kansas and we just didn't," Leach said. "We had the ability to rise up and win that game no matter what happened."