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Wildcats, Gophers down key players

10/27/2011

Northwestern and Minnesota both will be without some key players for Saturday's games.

Here are the injury reports for both teams released Thursday night.

NORTHWESTERN

Out

MINNESOTA

Out

  • LB Brendan Beal, knee

  • OL Josh Campion, head

  • OL Jimmy Gjere, head

  • WR/KR Marcus Jones, knee

  • CB Troy Stoudermire, arm

  • RB Devon Wright, hamstring

McNaul and Scott both are starters, so Northwestern's beleaguered defense will be shorthanded at Indiana. Senior Kevin Watt likely will start for Scott, while senior Ben Johnson or redshirt freshman Chi Chi Ariguzo could step in for McNaul, the team's No. 3 tackler.

The key absence from the injury report is senior quarterback Dan Persa (turf toe), who returned to practice in the middle of the week and is expected to play.

Jones is one of the new names on Minnesota's injury report for Saturday's home game against Iowa. The freshman has averaged 28.5 yards per kickoff return with a touchdown against Purdue. He also has nine receptions for 142 yards.