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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Minnesota's Decker will be fine for Saturday

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


Minnesota senior wide receiver Eric Decker showed against Cal why he's one of the toughest players in America when he caught a 26-yard touchdown and held on despite a vicious hit by Bears safety Sean Cattouse. He needed stitches in his chin but didn't miss a single offensive play.

It wasn't Decker's chin, but his troublesome left ankle that created cause for concern after the game. He sprained the ankle in the fourth quarter and left the field.

Though it's the same ankle that kept Decker out for several games last fall, head coach Tim Brewster expects the star wideout to be fine for Saturday's game at Northwestern (Big Ten Network, noon ET).

“He’s ready to go," Brewster said Tuesday. "He ran on Sunday with our team and he’s full go for practice today. He’ll be 100 percent ready to go for Saturday."

That's a good thing for the Gophers, whose offense to this point has revolved around Decker. The senior ranks third nationally in receiving (138.3 yards per game) and tied for fourth in receptions (9 receptions per game).

Even though the Gophers have yet to establish other options, Decker continues to find openings in opposing defenses.

"One of the things we did when I coached in the NFL was script plays for our playmakers," Brewster said, "so each and every week, we have a script of plays to get Eric Decker to touch the ball."