On the same day it lost its starting quarterback for the season to a ruptured spleen, the Colorado football program might have also lost its leading tackler for the season to a knee injury.

Sophomore linebacker Jon Major was using one crutch to help himself get around Sunday at the Dal Ward Center as the Buffs reviewed film and had position meetings following their third consecutive loss, a 27-24 defeat against Texas Tech on Saturday at Folsom Field.

Major was injured in the fourth quarter when a Texas Tech offensive lineman cut blocked him. He didn`t say there was anything dirty about the play. Major said the offensive lineman did what he is taught to do by going low and rolling, and his legs whipped into Major`s knee.

Jon Major (31) hurts his knee during the Texas Tech game.Cliff Grassmick / October 23, 2010
Jon Major (31) hurts his knee during the Texas Tech game. Cliff Grassmick / October 23, 2010 ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

He suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee and doesn`t know when, or if, he will be able to play football again this season.

"I`m not really sure on the big decisions on it right now," Major said. "Probably do that next week. So just icing it right now."

Major said there is a chance he could play again this season, but it depends onfurther evaluation of the injury from doctors and what he decides to do once he has the complete prognosis. Major said it isn`t even clear whether he will need surgery.

Redshirt freshman Liloa Nobriga, junior Patrick Mahnke and junior Evan Harrington are listed in that order behind Major on the depth chart at Will linebacker.


Defensive lineman Nick Kasa suffered a similar injury last season and missed most of the first half of the year rehabilitating it. He opted not to have surgery. That could be the same choice Major will face, but he won`t know until he meets with doctors either later this week or early next week.

Major is familiar with his current situation. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during training camp of his true freshman season in 2008 and missed the whole season.

Missing significant parts of two different seasons in a career because of injury could make Major a candidate for a sixth year of eligibility down the line, but that`s not his focus right now.

Major said he plans to spend time around his teammates this week and do everything he can to help prepare some of his less experienced teammates for a trip to Oklahoma to play the Sooners on Saturday.

"Definitely frustrating," he said. "I guess you`ve got to keep your head up. Got to keep the faith. You`ve got to do what you can control. That`s what it`s about."

It is the second time in the past three weeks Colorado has lost its leading tackler to a serious injury. Safety Anthony Perkins, who was just ahead of Major for the team lead in tackles at the time, suffered a torn ACL against Missouri three weeks ago.