Big Ten: Marc Damisch
- RB Darius Willis, knee (out for season)
- OL Josh Hager, knee (out for season)
- S Chris Adkins, ankle
- OT James Brewer, ankle
- CB Richard Council, knee
- K Nick Freeland, hip
- S Lenyatta Kiles, groin
- RB Nick Turner, concussion
The two areas of concern are the secondary and the offensive line. Indiana's injuries in the secondary aren't new, but the Hoosiers have to find ways to limit big pass plays without Adkins, Council and Kiles on the field. An arguably bigger issue is offensive line depth, as protecting star quarterback Ben Chappell will be paramount in the final six games. Brewer's continued absence hurts, and Hager's season-ending injury means sophomore Marc Damisch gets the nod as the starting right tackle against a good Illinois defensive line. Turner's absence places a bigger burden on Trea Burgess as Indiana's featured running back.
- Bret Bielema expects Wisconsin to respond well after the Ohio State win, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Badgers will be healthy for the trip to Iowa City, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Two Big Ten running backs get shoutouts in this week's On The Mark column.
- Michigan State's stock got a boost from Wisconsin's win, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal. The Spartans' pass rush has provided a nice lift this year, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News.
- The guessing game has started at Minnesota, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune. The Gophers will look for a big name, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- Like it or not, but Dan Herron has emerged as Ohio State's No. 1 running back, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Ohio State got away from its core principles in the Wisconsin loss, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Ron Zook's fate at Illinois will be determined in the next 12 games (six this year, six next year), Loren Tate writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. Despite a 3-3 record, Illinois' glass is half full, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- The Spartans are visiting, but Northwestern looks at this as just another week, Lindsey Willhite writes in the Daily Herald.
- Michigan AD Dave Brandon might not use use wins and losses as the primary factor to evaluate Rich Rodriguez, Lynn Henning writes in The Detroit News. The Wolverines will spend the bye week focusing on their young defenders, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Iowa receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos was rendered "speechless" by becoming the school's all-time leading receiver, Andrew Logue writes in The Des Moines Register.
- Purdue's effective rushing attack bonds the current team with the 1973 squad, Ken Thompson writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- The great unknown might be the key to a Penn State turnaround, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. A look at Penn State's bowl chances, with comments from yours truly, from The Daily Collegian's Andrew Cassavell.
- Injuries have put Indiana offensive tackle Marc Damisch into a starting role, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- Wisconsin starting linebacker Mike Taylor is expected to play Saturday at No. 15 Iowa after injuring his ankle and knee against Ohio State. Badgers coach Bret Bielema said Taylor underwent X-rays that showed no structural damage after he rolled his ankle and hyperextended his knee. Defensive tackle Jordan Kohout (foot) and tight end Lance Kendricks also should be fine for the trip to Iowa.
- Indiana expects running backs Trea Burgess, Nick Turner and Antonio Banks to be ready for this week's trip to Illinois, but the news along the offensive line isn't so good. Coach Bill Lynch said starting right tackle James Brewer (ankle) likely will miss another week, and reserve Josh Hager also likely is out, putting sophomore Marc Damisch in the starting role. Depth also could be an issue up front, as Dustin Dopirak writes. Defensive backs Richard Council and Chris Adkins remain out.
- Northwestern defensive end Vince Browne participated in Monday's practice and will play Saturday against No. 7 Michigan State, coach Pat Fitzgerald said.
- Michigan's bye week comes at a good time, as quarterback Denard Robinson (shoulder) and others have time to heal. Coach Rich Rodriguez said Robinson, who dealt with shoulder soreness last week in practice, "should be fine" for the Penn State game on Oct. 30. Center David Molk, defensive tackle Mike Martin and running back Michael Shaw also should be fine for Penn State.
- Middle linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (stinger) once again isn't listed on Iowa's depth chart. Troy Johnson is pegged to start against Wisconsin with James Morris backing him up.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Indiana's updated depth chart for Thursday's season opener against Eastern Kentucky is out, along with the Hoosiers' injury report for the game.
Here's the health watch for IU:
- OL Alex Perry, knee (ACL)
- DE Fred Jones, foot
- WR Aaron Burks, ankle
- RB Zach Davis-Walker, shoulder
- OL Justin Pagan, ankle
- CB Donnell Jones, hamstring
- OL Andrew McDonald, ankle
- OL Cody Faulkner, foot
- K Mitch Ewald, oblique
- S Jarrell Drane, thumb
- CB Chris Adkins, shoulder
- S Jerimy Finch, ankle
- DT Mick Mentzler, knee
Indiana announced Monday that linebacker Will Patterson, defensive end Jammie Kirlew, left tackle Rodger Saffold and quarterback Ben Chappell will serve as captains for the game.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
The depth charts continue to roll in, as Indiana unveils its two-deep. One caveat: Head coach Bill Lynch still plans to release another depth chart before Thursday's season opener against Eastern Kentucky, so this is hardly set in stone.
A few notes:
- Fifth-year senior Demetrius McCray is listed as the starter at running back, ahead of talented redshirt freshman Darius Willis. Junior Trea Burgess is third, and senior Bryan Payton surprisingly comes in fourth. Lynch expects all four backs to play against Eastern Kentucky, but he acknowledged that McCray turned in a solid camp. I think Willis will be the starter before long, though McCray can be effective if he stays healthy.
- Lynch is weighing whether or not to redshirt quarterback Edward Wright-Baker, who has performed well in camp. Redshirt freshman Adam Follett is listed as Ben Chappell's backup at quarterback, but Wright-Baker might end up filling that role.
"If Ed is going to jump to being No. 2, which we've run him at two quite a bit the past couple of days, then you've got to decide at which point you're going to play him," Lynch said today. "Over the course of the last two or three practices, we've run Edward at No. 2 more than Adam. We listed Adam at number two now because I know Adam can go in a game. We've got to decide if that is what we're willing to do."
- Sophomore Justin Pagan is listed as the starter at left guard, though he's questionable for the game with an ankle injury. Redshirt freshman Marc Damisch would step in if Pagan can't play. Cornerback Donnell Jones is also questionable with a hamstring injury, opening the door for Adrian Burks or Richard Council.
- Defensive tackle Adam Replogle is one of several true freshmen who should see the field this fall. Lynch also said wideout Duwyce Wilson, linebacker Damon Sims and offensive lineman Aaron Price could play. "We know right now that Adam is going to be running out onto the field early," he said.
- Indiana will select captains for each game this year. The team's official captains for 2009 will be voted on at the end of the season.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Purdue Indiana 12:00 PM ET Michigan 6 Ohio State 3:30 PM ET 10 Michigan State Penn State 3:30 PM ET 18 Minnesota 14 Wisconsin 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Maryland