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Northwestern injury report: Simmons absent

10/8/2009



Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Northwestern has issued its official injury report for Saturday's game against Miami (Ohio).

OUT

  • OT Mike Boyle, back

  • RB Alex Daniel, ankle (out for season)

  • DT Jack DiNardo, shoulder

  • LB Bryce McNaul, leg

DOUBTFUL

  • CB Justan Vaughn, leg

  • LB Ben Johnson, leg

The big news is a name that doesn't appear on the report, running back Stephen Simmons. The junior has missed the last three games with an ankle injury but is expected to return Saturday. He might be a little rusty, but Simmons provides a big boost for a rushing attack that ranks 10th in the Big Ten (121.8 yards per game). He performed very well in the first two games. Northwestern will be a little shorthanded at linebacker if both Johnson and McNaul can't go. Though Johnson lost his starting job to David Arnold, he brings some speed and play-making skills to the linebacker spot. Vaughn is back on the report after being removed last week.