Temple's football team has continued to suffer injuries at the safety position, and senior Khiry Lucas will be unlikely to play Saturday in the American Athletic Conference game against Cincinnati at Lincoln Financial Field.

Lucas made his first career start Friday in a 46-30 victory over South Florida but suffered an undisclosed injury during the game.

"I would doubt Khiry will be able to play" this week, coach Matt Rhule said Monday during a conference call with AAC coaches.

Junior safety Sean Chandler, among the Owls' top players, will miss his fifth straight game with a knee injury.

Senior Nate L. Smith was questionable last week because of an injury but played well, making three tackles against USF.

Sophomore Delvon Randall has started every game at strong safety. In addition to Smith, others in the safety mix for Saturday are redshirt sophomore Jaquis Thomas and freshman Benny Walls.

Rhule said he didn't know the availability of linebacker Avery Williams, one of the team leaders. Williams is battling ankle and knee injuries. He saw limited time against USF and made one tackle.

Temple (5-3) is 3-1 in the AAC. If the Owls win their final four games, they will repeat as division champions. Cincinnati is 4-3, 1-3, but coming off its best game of the season, a 31-19 AAC win over East Carolina.

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