Colorado’s Travis Hunter could be ‘out for a few weeks’ after late hit, Deion Sanders says

Colorado Buffaloes star Travis Hunter was hospitalized during the team’s win over the Colorado State Rams on Saturday night after being the target of a late brutal hit.

The hit occurred in the first quarter of the game. Rams defensive back Henry Blackburn took the hit to Hunter well after Shedeur Sanders threw the ball over his head. Hunter suffered and was removed from the field. He returned for a few games, but ESPN later reported that he was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.


Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Travis Hunter during warmups before the Rockies’ matchup against the CSU Rams at Folsom Field on September 16, 2023. (Denver Post via Getty Images)

Colorado played without a wide receiver or defensive back for the rest of the game.

Colorado coach Deion Sanders gave an update on Hunter, saying he will be “out for a few weeks.”

“But we’re going to do what we have to do to take care of him,” Sanders said. “So I know Travis like a book, he’s probably going to want to be out for two weeks, but we have to make sure his health is more important than this game.”

Travis Hunter tackled

Colorado cornerback Travis Hunter is dragged down after a short gain by Colorado State defensive back Henry Blackburn and defensive back Ayden Hector, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, in Boulder. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Hunter had been mentioned as a Heisman Trophy contender after his performance in the first two games of the season.

Colorado was able to pull off the win without him. Shedeur Sanders led the team on a 98-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to tie the game, then threw two touchdown passes in overtime.

Travis Hunter takes the stiff arm

Colorado State Rams wide receiver Tory Horton gives a face full to Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Travis Hunter during the Rocky Mountain showdown at Folsom Field on September 16, 2023. (Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The Buffaloes won the game 43-35.


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