By Allen Moff | Staff Writer
Dri Archer's injury diagnosis remains incomplete, but it's still not considered serious.
Kent State's senior speedster left Thursday's season-opening 17-10 victory over Liberty in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. After the game, Golden Flashes first-year head coach Paul Haynes said he did not believe the injury was serious, and he maintained that view on Friday.
"I think he's fine," said Haynes. "I don't have a (medical) report, but I think he's gonna be fine."
Archer, who scored at least one touchdown in every KSU game last season on his way to a school-record 23 scores, appeared to be injured after he attempted to lunge over a pile of defenders during a six-yard run on Kent State's opening possession. He returned to the game and carried the ball for four yards on the first play of the Flashes' next series, then left the game for good with just under five minutes to go in the opening quarter.
Archer hobbled slowly to the locker room at halftime, then emerged for the second half without pads but with a walking boot on his left foot. He finished the game with three carries for 10 yards.
Archer, who led the nation in kickoff returns a year ago (36.9 ypr, 3 TDs) and piled up over 2,600 all-purpose yards, has now failed to finish the last two Kent State games. He suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the Flashes' 17-13 loss to Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl, and wound up missing almost the entire last quarter.
Kent State returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 7, hosting Bowling Green in a crucial early-season Mid-American Conference matchup.
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