Bloomington – Bill Lynch doesn't know whether or not Kellen Lewis will be able to play this weekend, but he's pretty sure one of IU's top receiving targets won't be able to go.
Lynch said Wednesday he doesn't expect junior Andrew Means to be able to play Saturday against Northwestern. Means, who has caught 25 passes for a team-high 333 yards, is wearing a cast on his hand due to an injury suffered against Illinois.
"It's not a done deal, but with his hand, it's probably going to be another week," Lynch said.
Lewis, meanwhile, hasn't been ruled out due to a high ankle sprain, but his availability appears very much in doubt. The junior quarterback is no longer wearing a protective cast, but Wednesday marked the second straight day Lewis watched practice from the sidelines.
"He didn't do much today," Lynch said. "I will go in and talk to (head football trainer) Brian (Lund) and see what he thought, and then check again tomorrow morning."
While Means appears out and Lewis is questionable at best, there was one piece of good news – the return of freshman wide receiver Tandon Doss. Doss has been out since the Michigan State game, but he's been back at practice for the last two days.
Fellow freshman Damarlo Belcher appears to be the likely choice to replace Means in the starting lineup, but Doss made a couple of nice catches in practice Wednesday and figures to be a big part of Saturday's plans as well so long as he's cleared by the medical staff.
"Tandon Doss seems to be back to full speed," Lynch said. "We'll make that determination tomorrow, but he's practiced well, (and gotten back) maybe a little quicker than we thought he'd be back."
The other area that's been hit hard by injuries is the offensive line, where last week's starting guards Andrew McDonald and Cody Faulkner are still awaiting clearance to return to practice. With Dennis Ziegler out for the year due to knee surgery and Alex Perry nursing an ankle injury, the coaching staff has been trying different players at different spots to try to find a combination that will work.
On Wednesday, freshman Justin Pagan was playing with the No. 1 unit at left guard after seeing most of his action at tackle the last two weeks. He was joined on the No. 1 unit by Rodger Saffold (left tackle), Pete Saxon (center), Jarrod Smith (right guard) and Mike Stark (right tackle).
"It will be (later) in the week before we know where the other guys are and if they can play," Lynch said. "We've moved guys around because we want to get the right ones on the field, and have flexibility once the game starts."
Lewis' Status Still Unclear, Means Likely Out
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