Indiana injury report: Defense banged up

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Indiana has issued its official injury report for Saturday's game at Northwestern (Big Ten Network, noon ET).


  • DE Darius Johnson, shoulder

  • DE Fred Jones, foot

  • LB Will Patterson, hand

  • CB Donnell Jones, elbow

  • CB Chris Adkins, elbow

  • DT Jarrod Smith, back

  • RB Zach Davis-Walker, foot


  • OL Pete Saxon, ankle


Much like Northwestern, Indiana is having injuries pile up on the defensive side. Patterson is a big loss at linebacker, as he ranks third on the team in tackles (40). Indiana's depth at cornerback also will be tested with both Jones and Adkins missing the game. Fifth-year senior Justin Carrington will get the start for Patterson at weakside linebacker. Saxon's availability will be important, as he missed last week's game after hurting the ankle Oct. 10 at Virginia. Senior Mike Reiter would start his second straight game at right guard if Saxon can't go. Willis, who has been upgraded from questionable last week, would be a big boost for the Hoosiers' run game.