Injury Breakdown: Week 4

We take a look at the current injury situation for Minnesota and see what type of impact it will have in the current and future weeks

Here is a breakdown of the injuries currently on Minnesota Football Roster and what effect it could have in this week's matchup against San Jose State and against future opponents:

QB - The key injury this week is no longer Donnell Kirkwood as he is back in the two deeps. This week the Gophers will likely be without starter Phillip Nelson as he suffered a hamstring strain in the win against Western Illinois. While Nelson is listed in the two-deeps, he is listed as "or" alongside true freshman Chris Streveler. The coaching staff has said they won't hesitate to play Streveler if Leidner needs to come out and Nelson is not able to go, which it seems likely that he won't. While its obviously not ideal to play a true freshman three straight years, the coaching staff likely won't have a choice if Leidner does get injured thanks to a pretty bare cupboard left by Tim Brewster's staff and the transfer of Max Shortell.

RB - It finally seems like Donnell Kirkwood will be ready to go as he was cleared earlier in the week to go full tilt in practice. True freshman speedster Berkley Edwards was also cleared to go all out in practice but it now seems that he will redshirt this season after missing the first three games. It's probably for the best in the long term but many fans were hoping to see a home run threat in the backfield for the gophers this year. While both are now seemingly healthy, they will both have to re-climb the ladder at RB for playing time both this year and in the coming years as RB's Rodrick Williams Jr and David Cobb performed admirably in the absence of Kirkwood and Edwards.

LB - Nick Rallis will once again be out this week as he continues to battle mono. As in previous weeks this is largely a depth concern. Rallis should return for next week's battle for Floyd of Rosedale.

Extra Point - It seems that Ben Lauer is now the likely starter at LT. While Marek Lenkiewicz has played quite well and Lauer had a couple of mistakes in his first game with extensive playing time last week, all signs point to Lauer being the starter at LT. This move is likely based on run-blocking ability as Lauer has a pretty sizeable advantage in that he has a lot more size to him than Marek. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Lenkiewicz in the game if the Gophers get down early and need to throw the ball more than they normally would though as Marek is the better pass-blocker at this point.

Brice Marich also contributed to this report

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