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Deion Sanders confirms Colorado will be without a top star for massive games against Oregon and USC

Deion Sanders and his Colorado Buffaloes will be without, arguably, their top weapon for at least the next few weeks, which includes some of the team’s biggest games this season.

If it had been suggested two months ago that Colorado vs. Colorado State would have been one of the most anticipated games of the first half, the notion would have been scoffed at. However, with the Buffaloes and their head coach Deion Sanders taking college football by storm, and Rams coach Jay Norvell making things personal, the Saturday night game on ESPN was one of the biggest of the weekend.

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Yet, not only did the game draw a lot of interest around the sport, but it delivered and was the most entertaining in Week 3. However, long before the Buffs secured a 43-35 victory in double overtime, the team suffered a major loss early in the game that would affect them for weeks to come.

During the first quarter, quarterback Shedeur Sanders missed on a pass to two-way star Travis Hunter down the left sideline. However, despite being out of range to catch it, Hunter was hammered in his chest by Colorado State defensive back Henry Blackburn. It was a nasty hit that left Hunter down on the ground for some time and drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.

Deion Sanders and Colorado will be without Travis Hunter for next three weeks

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After the game, Deion Sanders revealed the hit could knock the rising star out for several games. On Monday, the NFL legend confirmed that Travis Hunter will indeed be out for the team’s next three games. The injury comes at the absolute worst time since Colorado will play a pair of top-10 teams in Oregon and USC in the next two weeks.

Oregon is ranked at 10, and USC at No. 2 in our latest college football rankings.

The specifics of Hunter’s injury have not been made public. He is one of a slew of players that followed Sanders from Jackson State and has grown into a major draft prospect this season by being an impact player on both sides of the ball. He has tallied 16 receptions for 213 yards as a wide receiver while adding nine tackles and an interception as a cornerback over the first three games of the season.