Big Ten injury updates: PSU's Clark will play at Iowa


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Several Big Ten head coaches addressed injury issues on today's conference call. Here's a quick rundown of the health watch around the league.


Junior quarterback Daryll Clark practiced Monday and is expected to start Saturday at Iowa (ABC, 3:30 p.m.). Clark left an Oct. 25 game against Ohio State in the fourth quarter with an apparent concussion. Head coach Joe Paterno said Clark practiced in a no-contact jersey Monday but should be fully cleared for today's workout. Clark no longer needs further examinations from team doctors.


Head coach Joe Tiller will determine his starting quarterback later this week. Fifth-year senior Curtis Painter (separated throwing shoulder) only began throwing late last week and sat out the game against Michigan. How Painter throws today in practice will impact the decision. Backup quarterback Justin Siller won Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for his impressive performance against Michigan, but Painter's experience could be beneficial against No. 18 Michigan State.

"I haven't heard anybody say, 'You've got to be crazy if you're not [starting Siller]!'" Tiller said. "Mind you, it's only Tuesday."


Head coach Bill Lynch is hopeful that both running back Marcus Thigpen and quarterback Kellen Lewis will play Saturday against Wisconsin. Thigpen sustained an ankle injury last week against Central Michigan, and Lewis has battled a high ankle sprain in recent weeks but played against the Chippewas. Hoosiers reserve running back Bryan Payton will miss the Wisconsin game with an ankle injury.


Star wide receiver Eric Decker is expected to be fine for Saturday's game against Michigan (ESPN, noon ET) after spraining his ankle on a triple option pitch in last week's loss to Northwestern. Decker went in and out of the game several times in the fourth quarter and seemed to be limping. Head coach Tim Brewster said the junior is feeling good.


The Wildcats' growing list of injured starters will not include right tackle Desmond Taylor, who left last week's game against Minnesota with a apparent leg problem. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald said Taylor practiced Tuesday and should be fine for Saturday's contest against No. 11 Ohio State (ESPN2, noon ET).