The Florida State football team, hampered by a 2-5 start and season-ending injuries to several key players on offense, may have a Seminoles starter returning to the lineup sooner than expected.

Junior running back Jacques Patrick, who had a minor knee procedure on Oct. 24, hopes to play for the Seminoles against Syracuse in Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, a source confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel Wednesday.

Patrick’s injury was not severe as initially feared. Doctors removed a stray bone fragment in his knee instead of needing to fix any torn cartilage. Patrick was cleared to play once he feels comfortable to return to action, according to the source.

Patrick felt pain in his knee during FSU’s loss to Louisville on Oct. 21. FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said an MRI on Oct. 22 revealed torn cartilage that could “likely” keep Patrick out for the season.