Saturday, November 17, 2012
Mauti, Toussaint carted off with injuries
By Brian Bennett
It has been a rough start to the day in the Big Ten in terms of injuries.
Both Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti and Michigan running back Fitz Toussaint had to be carted off the field in the first quarter of their games with what appeared to be serious leg injuries.
A hush fell over Beaver Stadium as Mauti went down with a problem in his left knee early against Indiana. Mauti has had two torn ACLs in his career, including one in the left knee that cut his 2011 season short. He's the heart and soul of the Penn State defense and a real team leader, so it was an emotional setback for the Nittany Lions to lose him for any period of time. We can only hope the injury isn't as serious as feared, but judging by the reaction of Mauti and his teammates, we're bracing for the worst. The team said it would update the injury after the game.
Michigan's Toussaint was carted off after getting hit on a first-quarter run against Iowa. The official word was that it was a lower leg injury, but the play looked pretty gruesome. Toussaint has struggled to regain his form from 2011, when he gained more 1,000 yards, but he is still the Wolverines' top tailback.
We'll update you on these injuries when we know more.