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With just under 24 hours before kickoff at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, here’s a look at the injury report for Thursday night’s game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the TCU Horned Frogs.
TE Lincoln Plsek (back)-Out
TE Duke Anyanwu (knee)-Out
LT Ben Lauer (knee)-Probable
Plsek and Anyanwu, the Gophers’ top two tight ends entering fall camp, will miss the game. Lauer had knee surgery during camp, but he is expected to play and he’s listed as the backup left tackle behind Josh Campion.
Running back Berkley Edwards (ankle), linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (groin) and wide receiver Isaiah Gentry (hamstring) had previously been listed with injuries, but without further news to the contrary all three should play. Campbell is on the depth chart as a starter at his customary outside linebacker spot, and Edwards is listed as the No. 4 tailback for Thursday night’s game. Gentry is not on the three-deep depth chart at either receiver spot, but he has also not been declared out.
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WR Deante Gray (knee)-Doubtful
WR Josh Doctson (undisclosed)-Probable
DE James McFarland (undisclosed)-
CB DeShawn Raymond (undisclosed)
CB Torrance Mosley (groin)-
DT Davion Pierson (undisclosed)
DE Mike Tuaua (undisclosed)
LB Montrel Wilson (undisclosed)
Gray has been considered doubtful for Thursday night’s game, and he is not on TCU’s two-deep depth chart. I think it’s safe to say Gray will miss the game, and sophomore Desmon White is slated to start in his place.
Doctson’s injury was never disclosed, but barring something unforeseen the Horned Frogs’ No. 1 wide receiver should suit up.
Head coach Gary Patterson has acknowledged that Mosley, Pierson, McFarland, Tuaua and Wilson are banged up, while also stating that two defensive players will miss Thursday night’s game. No definitive status or designation has been offered for any TCU defensive player.
McFarland dealt with a foot injury late season and during the spring, but it’s unclear if the team’s returning sack leader is dealing with the same issue or if he is one of the players that will be out Thursday night.
Raymond was not listed on the depth chart TCU released Tuesday night, which has brought speculation he is one of the defensive players that will miss Thursday night’s contest.
Patterson has been intentionally vague about which two defensive players will be out Thursday night, saying “you’ll find out when we get to game time.”