Status uncertain for Cowboys' top RB vs. 'Horns

Status uncertain for Cowboys' top RB vs. 'Horns

Published Oct. 26, 2009 9:45 p.m. ET

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says running back Kendall Hunter would likely have a limited role if he's able to recover enough from a sprained right ankle to play Saturday against No. 3 Texas.

Hunter has missed the last five games for the 13th-ranked Cowboys (6-1, 3-0 Big 12) after being hurt in the second game of the season.

Hunter led the Big 12 last season with 1,555 yards rushing. He sat out last week's win at Baylor despite being cleared to play.

Gundy said Monday that he won't force Hunter to play because he wouldn't want to hurt his chances to play in the NFL. If Hunter plays, Gundy says he'd likely only get eight to 10 carries.