The Big Ten and the Mountain West will come together on Saturday, as the Minnesota Golden Gophers will travel to take on the Colorado State Rams. The Gophers lost to TCU in their season opener last Thursday, while the Rams defeated Savannah State by 52 points last Saturday.
Here’s an update of my earlier injury report for both teams.
OT Josh Campion (Concussion)-Probable
S Damarius Travis (Undisclosed)- Questionable
OT Ben Lauer (Left Knee)-Questionable
TE Lincoln Plsek (Back)-Out
TE Duke Anyanwu (Knee)-Out
WR Isaiah Gentry (Hamstring)-Out
Campion was a late scratch for the season opener against TCU, but he reportedly returned to practice on Monday and participated again on Wednesday. He now looks likely to play against Colorado State, and the plan is for Campion to play right tackle with Jonah Pirsig remaining at left tackle.
Travis limped off the field late in Minnesota’s loss to TCU. His exact injury is unclear, but the senior safety is now considered “very questionable” for Saturday’s game.
Lauer tried to play at less than 100 percent health last week, after knee surgery during fall camp, and he struggled to protect Mitch Leidner’s blind side. Lauer reportedly did not practice on Monday, so he has to be considered questionable for Saturday right now.
Plsek and Anyanwu missed last week’s game, and on Wednesday Kill said both tight ends might miss the entire season.
Gentry also sat out last week, and he has resumed running. But the redshirt freshman was not yet a full-go for practice as of Monday, and Kill has now suggested Gentry could play next week against Kent State.
WR Rashard Higgins (Foot)-Probable
RB Treyous Jarrells (Left Knee)-Probable
TE Kivon Cartwright (Undisclosed)-Probable
S Kevin Pierre-Louis (Undisclosed)-Probable
LB Kiel Robinson (Undisclosed)-Probable
WR Deionte Gaines (Undisclosed)-Probable
Higgins briefly left the field near the end of the Rams’ season opener, and quickly returned to the sideline. Head coach Mike Bobo said that Higgins has a mild foot sprain, but one of the best wide receivers in the country is expected to play on Saturday.
Jarrells underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee during fall camp, and he missed the Rams’ season opener. He was limited during Tuesday’s practice, but Colorado State’s leading returning rusher from 2014 (450 rushing yards) seems likely to play on Saturday.
Cartwright was knocked out of Colorado State’s season opener in the second quarter. Head coach Mike Bobo said the injury did not appear to be serious on Monday, and the senior tight end reportedly showed no signs of the injury during practice on Tuesday. He missed most of 2014 after re-injuring a surgically-repaired ankle, but it’s unclear if Cartwright was dealing with a similar issue.
Pierre-Louis, Robinson and Gaines were all seen limping during last Saturday’s game, but all three practiced on Tuesday and should be ready to go against the Gophers.