AMES — Iowa State defensive end Rashawn Parker will miss the rest of the season with torn ligaments in his left knee, Coach Paul Rhoads said after the team’s practice Tuesday night.
An MRI Monday confirmed the injury to Parker’s anterior cruciate ligament, sustained early in ISU’s 31-10 victory over Army last Saturday. Parker, a senior, had started 28 straight games and has been a fixture on the Cyclone defense since 2006 when he started as a true freshman.
Athletic officials will petition the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility. Parker still has a redshirt year available.
“We’ll put an appeal together and see what the NCAA says about it,” Rhoads said.
Injured tailback Alexander Robinson was held out of Tuesday’s drills but still is expected to play Saturday against Kansas State.
Robinson, the Big 12 Conference’s second-leading rusher at 113.8 yards a game, strained a groin muscle on a touchdown catch late in the game with Army. The Cyclones can ill-afford to lose their top offensive player for any length of time.
“(Trainers) wanted to get him a little bit extra pool work early in the week,” Rhoads said, “but towards the end of practice I looked over and saw he came running through the gate to join us. I think that’s a pretty good sign.”