Nov 30, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson (9) attempts to throw the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2nd half a game at Spartan Stadium.MSU won 14-3. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Gophers Football: Philip Nelson suffers possible concussion; Brock Vereen injures shoulder


Sep 28, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Brock Vereen (21) celebrates after intercepting a pass in the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. The Hawkeyes won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday’s loss to Michigan State left a few Gophers injured heading into the lull before Minnesota’s bowl game. With at least four weeks before Minnesota’s next game, the injured players will have good time to rest and prepare for their bowl game, wherever it may be.

  • Saturday’s starting quarterback, Philip Nelson, left the game in the fourth quarter with a possible concussion after taking a late hit. Mitch Leidner replaced him the rest of the way in the 14-3 loss to Michigan State. More information about Nelson’s injury will likely be disclosed on Tuesday.
  • Senior defensive back Brock Vereen left the game with a injury to his left shoulder sustained in the first quarter. He didn’t return but was replaced by Derrick Wells, who is coming back from his own shoulder injury. Wells made an interception in the second quarter.
  • Junior tight end Drew Goodger hurt his leg in the second half and did not return.

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