Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Travis Hunter (12) following the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Folsom Field. Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes have struggled without dual-threat star Travis Hunter, going 1-2 since his injury back in Week 3. Luckily for Colorado fans, it seems he is close to returning to the field.

Hunter broke onto the scene in a big way in his first season at Colorado, recording 192 receiving yards on offense in his first two games, along with an interception on the defensive side of the ball.

His impact on both sides of the ball is something that is rarely seen in college football. And his absence has clearly played a role in their struggles against the upper echelon of the Pac-12 in recent games.

It was previously reported last week Hunter was expected to miss “two or three” more weeks as he recovers from a lacerated liver. However, he made a significant step in his recovery on Monday, returning to practice for Colorado.

It is still very possible that Hunter could be held out of games as he gets back up to speed for Colorado. But fans are extremely encouraged that he is at least practicing again.

Colorado still has a number of ranked teams on their schedule, including No. 18 ranked UCLA, No. 15 Oregon State, No. 19 Washington State, and No. 16 Utah. If Hunter is available for those games, he could very well play a big role in potentially helping his team score an upset or two.

The Buffaloes will first prepare for a matchup against Stanford on Saturday, but it is still not clear if Hunter will be able to suit up for that game.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.