Columbia, Mo. Missouri may be without its leading rusher Saturday when the 11th-ranked Tigers play No. 6 Oklahoma, coach Gary Pinkel said Monday.
Tony Temple, a two-year starter for Missouri (5-0, 1-0 Big 12), sprained an ankle in Saturday's 41-6 victory over Nebraska. He won't practice until Wednesday or Thursday, and a decision on his availability for the Oklahoma game will be made later this week.
"We've seen ankle injuries linger on," Pinkel said. "We can know by Thursday that he's not even going, or he might go on the trip and it'll be a game-day decision."
Temple had three carries for minus-2 yards and a reception for 20 yards against the Cornhuskers before getting hurt on a drive that ended with a Jeff Wolfert field goal that put Missouri up 17-3 with 5:28 left in the second quarter. Temple is averaging 70 yards per game with three touchdowns on the season.
Temple's backup, Jimmy Jackson, has 12 carries for 62 yards this season. Freshman Derrick Washington has played in three games and is averaging nearly five yards per carry.