Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains at less than 100 percent physically while battling a shoulder injury, coach Kliff Kingsbury acknowledged during Monday’s conference call with Big 12 coaches.
But the FBS leader in passing yards (2,579) and total offense (455.2 yards per game) is expected to take part in more practices this week as the Red Raiders (3-3, 1-2 in Big 12) prepare for Saturday’s game against No. 16 Oklahoma (4-2, 3-0) in Lubbock.
Mahomes strained his throwing shoulder in a Sept. 29 victory against Kansas and has attempted to play through the pain the past two weeks in losses to Kansas State and West Virginia. He also has skipped most practices leading into those games, an issue that “caught up to him” in last week’s 48-17 loss to West Virginia, in Kingsbury’s opinion.
“He seemed out of rhythm and not comfortable,” said Kingsbury, who removed Mahomes from the contest in the fourth quarter. “It’s one of those injuries that’s all about pain tolerance. I feel like he’s made some strides and we’ll get him out there to practice some this week. Most everyone expected it would be three or four weeks before he’s back to 100 percent.”
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Asked to gauge Mahomes’ status physically, Kingsbury said: “Not 100 percent, that’s for sure. I won’t get into specifics.”
Mahomes threw for 305 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss to No. 12 West Virginia (5-0, 2-0).