Oregon State (1-6, 0-4 Pac-12) at Colorado (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12)

When: Saturday, 1 p.m. MT.

Where: Folsom Field in Boulder

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Injuries are piling up for the Colorado football team, but the Buffaloes are hoping to get good news one of their top youngsters.

Redshirt freshman cornerback Chris Miller left Saturday's 27-13 loss at Washington with a wrist injury, and as of Monday morning, the Buffs did not know the extent of the injury.

"Chris Miller is getting looked at by the doctors this afternoon to find out the extent - if they'll have to do surgery; and if they do surgery, bring him back or if he's going to be out," head coach Mike MacIntyre said after practice Monday. "It's still up in the air if he'll be able to go or not."

The Buffs played Saturday's game without their top corner, Delrick Abrams, Jr., who injured his calf last week. Abrams was moving around a bit during practice Monday and MacIntyre said, "We'll see how he feels tomorrow."

Meanwhile, star receiver Laviska Shenault is still day-to-day with a turf toe injury and senior receiver Jay MacIntyre is recovering from a concussion.

"They're still day to day and we'll know more later in the week, hopefully, on those guys," coach MacIntyre said. "Jay has gone through the whole protocol and was moving around out there today. As long as he doesn't have any other headaches or anything like that, he should progress. Viska is moving around. We'll see how sore it is as he goes."


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CU is also hoping kicker James Stefanou (hip) can return soon, and punter Alex Kinney (collarbone) is getting healthier after missing the past five games.

Return of an old friend

Oregon State's visit this weekend will mark the return to Folsom Field of Brian Lindgren, the Beavers' offensive coordinator. He was the Buffs' coordinator, quarterbacks coach and play caller the previous five years. He held a similar position under MacIntyre in 2012 at San Jose State.

"I am looking forward to seeing Brian," MacIntyre said. "I don't think we're looking forward to going against each other, because we're really close and so are a lot of the other guys. It'll be great to see Brian.

"When the game starts, he wants to kick our butt, and we want to kick his butt and after the game is over we'll be friends again. The coaching profession is such a close profession that that happens quite often. He did a great job for me at San Jose State and a great job here."

CU co-offensive coordinator/line coach Klayton Adams is still a close friend of Lindgren's, but was reserved when asked about seeing Lindgren at Folsom Field this week.

"I'll look forward to seeing him in the offseason," Adams said. "We've got football games to play."

Brotherhood

The Buffs have talked about their brotherhood all year. It's being tested with a two-game losing streak, but MacIntyre said he liked what he saw from practice Monday.

"They're upbeat, they care about each other, they're lifting each other up," he said. "That's what brotherhood is about: I'm going to carry my brother. I thought guys stepped in last week and did well when they came in.

"We've got a huge game Saturday and one that we're excited about it."

Junior guard Tim Lynott said players were down about falling to 5-2, but, as an older player who went through some dismal times early in his career, he puts the Buffs' recent slide into perspective.

"You have to be thankful you're 5-2 sometimes," he said. "You're one game away from a bowl. It's nothing bad."

Notable

Utah swept the Pac-12 player of the week awards: Tyler Huntley (offense), Chase Hansen (defense) and Matt Gay (special teams). ... OSU is hopeful that star freshman running back Jermar Jefferson will play this week. Jefferson was limited to two carries for 34 yards on Saturday against Cal because of a leg injury. Jefferson ranks fifth nationally with 128.4 rushing yards per game.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33