Injury Breakdown: Week 5

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 Iowa and against future opponents:

All good news this week as the Gophers are relatively healthy headed into their biggest game of the season thus far.

QB - Phillip Nelson is listed alongside Mitch Leidner as the starting QB. It seems likely that Leidner will start Saturday, but Nelson has been practicing this week and should be able to go if needed though ideally the Gophers could scrape out a victory and give Phil another week to get to 100%. This also makes it less likely that true freshman Chris Streveler will be forced to play this year and burn his redshirt.

RB - Kirkwood and Edwards are both healthy, but Edwards now seems to be a virtual lock to redshirt. Expect Kirkwood to see limited carries against the Hawkeyes as Cobb and Williams Jr have been more than capable of handling the load and there will hopefully not be need to force Kirkwood into a bigger role than his ankle is ready for.

FB - Mike Henry is listed as questionable. Henry made a couple of trips to the locker room during last week's game for what then seemed to be fluids based on the fact that he was completely under his own power and didn't seem to be limping or holding an arm or anything. That was apparently not the case as he is listed as questionable this week. Expect to see more Maxx Williams if Henry is unable to go, which isn't entirely bad as Maxx has been a good weapon so far, but Henry is a very good blocker and is a team leader.

OLB - Nick Rallis is back in the two deeps after missing a few games with Mono. This is big as the Gophers are thin at LB and Iowa likes to run the ball with their bruising back Mark Weisman.

Misc. Notes - Ben Lauer is now listed as the starter at LT after the offensive line dominated San Jose State last week with Lauer receiving the start and all of the snaps. The Gophers do know they have a capable backup in Lenkiewicz though if things go downhill for Lauer or if he is injured.

Brice Marich also contributed to this report


Gopher Illustrated Top Stories