Buckram was not in pads Tuesday and arrived late to Wednesday's closed practice after receiving treatment on his injured knee, which he said was sore after Saturday's game with Memphis. He was not wearing shoulder pads or with a helmet.
When asked if he would play Saturday he said, "Yes sir."
Coach Mike Price said before practice that he'd know more after practice, then after practice was vague, though obviously upset with what he felt was a bad practice.
"I'm not sure," he said. "It's like last week, a game-time decision. I'm worried abou 21 other players who are going to play. They are way more of a concern for me than Donald Buckram. IF we play the way we practice we're going to get our (butts) kicked."
On UTEP's final drive against Memphis, Buckram touched the ball on four of the first five plays but gave way to backup Joe Banyard in the final 1:20. Buckram was not made available to the media after the game.
The Miners are typically upfront about injuries but that hasn't been true with Buckram. He was considered a game-time decision in the first three games, though he didn't play in any of those and it seemed obvious he wasn't going to.
Price reiterated that practice is closed this week, as it was the week of the New Mexico State game, because of the proximity of New Mexico, not because of Buckram's status.