Monday, September 27, 2010
Big Ten Monday news roundup
By ESPN.com staff
A few notes from around the league on the Monday before conference play kicks off:
- Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson should be fine for this week's game at Indiana after suffering a bruised left knee in the first quarter of Saturday's win against Bowling Green. Robinson will be limited in Monday's practice but is expected to do more in Tuesday's workout. Coach Rich Rodriguez said after Saturday's game that Robinson could have returned if needed. Rodriguez said Monday that reserve quarterback Tate Forcier also should be fine after sustaining a bruised quad against Bowling Green. Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (shoulder) and Michael Shaw (knee) will be evaluated throughout the week.
- Illinois offensive lineman Hugh Thornton was arrested for simple battery and damage to property following a weekend incident at a Champaign bar. Thornton hasn't been suspended as coach Ron Zook continues to gather information. The sophomore suffered a scary neck injury against Northern Illinois and had to be carted off the field, but he was released from the hospital later that day and had been expected to play this week against No. 2 Ohio State.
- Thanks to colleague David Ubben for passing along this nugget from The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls: "[Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe] also said Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told him last week that the Big Ten has 'zero activity' for further expansion." This is fairly consistent with what Delany said following the Big Ten divisions announcement, as the league has several items to address before it can devote more time to the expansion study. Does this mean the Big Ten is totally done with expansion? Not necessarily, although I get the sense that the league is very content with its current setup.
- Wisconsin receivers Nick Toon (toe) and David Gilreath (concussion) both are listed on the depth chart for the Michigan State game. Gilreath hasn't been cleared for full contact just yet, but he might be later this week. I'd definitely expect to see Toon on the field at Spartan Stadium. "Probably since fall camp started, this is the healthiest we've been," Badgers coach Bret Bielema said Monday.
- Indiana senior linebacker Tyler Replogle is back on the depth chart after missing Saturday's game against Akron with a concussion. Coach Bill Lynch expects Replogle to return to practice this week.
- Northwestern running backs Mike Trumpy and Jacob Schmidt have been elevated to co-starters on this week's depth chart for the Minnesota game. Trumpy provided a lift to the run game in the second half against Central Michigan, while Schmidt rushed for two touchdowns. Arby Fields has been moved to second string following his costly fourth-quarter fumble.