Reports: K-State's Justin Hughes 'likely' to miss 2019

Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill (5) is tackled by Kansas State linebacker Justin Hughes (32) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- According to multiple reports, Kansas State senior linebacker Justin Hughes suffered a knee injury in the Wildcats' spring practice on Tuesday.

K-State Online and GoPowercat.com are also reporting Hughes will likely have to sit out the entire 2019 season.

KSU has yet to confirm the news of the injury, and likely won't until head coach Chris Klieman addresses the media after Saturday's spring game.

However, on Thursday morning, Hughes tweeted an apology to K-State fans seeming to confirm his injury:

"I First off wanna apologize to the K-State fanbase for not being able to go give it my all this season. But I trust that God has a plan for me and that he will be with me throughout this entire process and he will see me through, always! (...) I just ask that you don't forget who I was as a player, and if you do please believe I WILL make you remember!

Hughes played in nine games for the Wildcats during 2018 after missing the opener against South Dakota and Mississippi State. After that, he started the final seven games, finishing third on the team with 56 tackles, seven tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles.

Hughes redshirted his true freshman year in 2015 after coming to K-State from Tucker, Ga.

His high school and current teammate Elijah Sullivan is likely to take over at linebacker in Hughes' absence.