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Chris Nwoke Injury: Colorado State RB Returns To Practice

Colorado State running back Chris Nwoke returned to practice Tuesday with a brace on his left ankle as he recovers from his sprain, according to Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post.

The powerful junior ball-carrier was reportedly riding an exercise bike in the media portion of practice and also wore tennis shoes and pads in individual drills on the side of practice.

This is encouraging news for Nwoke's playing chances since head coach Jim McElwain has stated in the past that if a player doesn't begin practicing by Wednesday that he will be ruled out of that weekend's game.

Nwoke suffered the ankle injury during the third quarter of the Rams' 22-17 victory over Colorado in the season opener and sat out of last week's 22-7 loss to North Dakota State with the ailment. Redshirt freshman Donnell Alexander led the ground attack with 59 yards on 12 carries in his absence during their second game.

Nwoke ran for 1,130 yards on 200 attempts to go along with his nine touchdowns in 2011. Colorado State's next contest takes place on the road at San Jose State this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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