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Kansas' Sharp will be a game-time decision

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kansas coach Mark Mangino said that the status of leading rusher Jake Sharp is uncertain for Saturday's game against Southern Mississippi as he recovers from an undisclosed injury.

Mangino said that Sharp's availability will likely be a game-time decision made immediately before the Jayhawks' game.

"Jake was on the practice field yesterday and we've talked extensively with our medical staff," Mangino said. "We can go up to a game-time decision to see where he's at. There's a possibility that he will be able to play, but we won't know until later in the week."

The Lawrence Journal-World reported last week that Sharp, a senior, was nursing an undisclosed injury sustained during a non-contact drill in practice last week.

Sharp was "upset" he couldn't play more in the Jayhawks' victory over Duke last week. He started the game and was limited to five carries for 13 yards and a 7-yard touchdown reception.

Serving in a tandem backfield with freshman Toben Opurum, Sharp has rushed for 240 yards on 42 carries with three touchdowns in the Jayhawks' 3-0 start this season.

If Sharp can't play, Opurum would inherit the starting job and would be backed up by Rell Lewis.