LB Pinson and S Craig likely out for season

Updated: October 5, 2003, 4:09 PM ET

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State linebacker Lawrence Pinson could miss the rest of the season after injuring his right leg in the Cowboys' 56-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.

Pinson, the Cowboys' leading tackler with 35 stops through five games, left the game about midway through the third quarter. He appeared to suffer the injury after his foot got trapped underneath his body as he made a tackle.

The 6-foot-1, 240-pound sophomore was carted off the field with an inflatable cast on his lower leg.

"It's a tremendous loss," coach Les Miles said. "We so enjoy him as a player and as a person. We'll miss him for the rest of the Big 12 season, I promise you."

It was the second big loss on defense for the Cowboys this week.

On Wednesday, senior safety Elbert Craig suffered what is likely a season-ending knee injury during practice.

Craig, who's started 28 career games for Oklahoma State, apparently tore a ligament in his knee.

Miles acknowledged that Craig had an MRI earlier in the week, but wouldn't reveal the extent of the damage.

Oklahoma State's policy is to not release injury information.

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