After suggesting most of the week that Daniel Lasco (shoulder) likely would be ready to play Saturday at Colorado, coach Sonny Dykes said the redshirt sophomore running back is out this week.
“I thought he could do it,” Dykes said after practice Thursday. “Had a doctor’s appointment. They checked him out and said he’s not ready.”
Lasco will miss his third game in five weeks. He had a season-high 71 rushing yards two weeks ago against Arizona, but was limited to three carries last week.
“We’ll use (Brendan) Bigelow a little more back there, which is good,” Dykes said. “Give him a chance to get his hands on the ball more. We’ll play him at running back and slot receiver.”
Khalfani Muhammad, Darren Ervin and Jeffrey Coprich also will be available at running back. Ervin, slowed last week by a shoulder injury, is listed as probable.
Meanwhile, linebacker Khairi Fortt (biceps) is day-to-day and could play against the Buffaloes.
“Possibly,” Dykes said. “Wait and see how it feels. He was better today. I’m cautiously optimistic.”
Asked how the Bears will respond if Fortt cannot play for a second straight week, Dykes said, “We’re a little thin even if he does play. We’ll figure it out.”
Slot receiver Richard Rodgers, who missed last week’s game after thumb surgery earlier in the week, is off the injury and expected to play. The thumb is immobilized by a splint and heavily padded.
“I thought Richard practiced well. Caught the ball well, so I feel good about him,” Dykes said. “He caught the ball with his off hand pretty consistently. Didn’t do it very well the first part of the week, but later did it well.”