— Fitz's injury report read something like a depth chart. Green, Scott, Tony Jones, Venric Mark, Dean Lowry, Mike Trumpy, Nick VanHoose, Collin Ellis and Will Hampton would all be unable to suit up if Northwestern had a game this week.
— "It's been a hard month. We've battled our fannies off. This toughness is something we take great pride in. We have to work hard this week to get guys healthy," Fitzgerald said. "If we didn't have bad luck, we wouldn't have any luck at all."
— Tony Jones practiced last Thursday and tried to go Saturday in Lincoln, but his quad didn't respond well. Jones will be shut down until middle of next week.
— "If things don't get fixed quickly, there's a strong possibility" of Mark getting a medical redshirt. Fitz hasn't spoken to Mark about his desire to graduate or stay at Northwestern for another season.
— Players were still in a "mourning mode" over Nebraska yesterday. "As we're moving forward, let's keep some things in perspective," Fitz added.
— With the players having a day off, Fitz spent most of the presser stressing the "next man up" mentality that the team has adopted in light of all the injuries. Fitzgerald chose not to rehash the Nebraska loss and didn't speak about the upcoming Michigan game. NU couldn't have asked for a better time for a bye week.
— Stay tuned for more on the football team, and check out Nick Medline's basketball preview stories from today.