As the Lions take off for Chicago to open up Big Ten play, Fight On State brings you some late-breaking developments with injuries and players expected to make an impact on both sides of the ball against the Wildcats.
Chris Auletta: Auletta sustained a mild concussion earlier this week in practice. although he is expected to be fine and fully recover he was in a medical jersey during the latter part of this week's practice drills.
Greg Harrison: Harrison sustained an ankle injury earlier this week in practice. The extent of the injury or amount of time he will be sidelined is unknonw currently. During the off-season Harrison dealt with a nagging foot injury which he practiced on throughout the spring.
As we reported early this week Dan Connor and E.Z. Smith have been back practicing with the second team and are both expected to see some playing time this week. Several other players have also returned to action this week:
Jim Shaw: Shaw has been back practicing with the second team defensive line this week, although he has been wearing the first team defense's navy blue jersey. He is expected to see playing time against Northwestern and help with the Larry Johnson's defensive tackle rotation.
Brent Wise: Wise is also back seeing some practice reps this week back from a knee injury he sustained earlier in the season.
Patrick Humes: Humes is back seeing some kicking reps. Although he was not asked to participate in preseason camp, Humes is still on the team and is back from a hamstring injury.
The two deep at wideout this week in the four-set was:
First Team: Derrick Williams, Deon Butler, Jordan Norwood and Terrell Golden
Second Team: Jim Kanuch, Brendan Perretta, Lydell Sargeant and Ethan Kilmer
E.Z. Smith has been seeing second team reps this week on long snapping duties behind Isaac Smolko, which, in the process, demoted Nick Daise.
As we first reported earlier this week, both Jerome Hayes and Sean Lee were promoted to the second team linebacker unit in place of Joe Ciancilo and J.R. Zwierzynski this week. Although observers continue to expect Jerome Hayes to redshirt, they expect Sean Lee to see limited playing time this week. As one observer said, "Lee has an incredible nose for the ball and impressive style of play - great motor on every down." As another one explained, " He comes at you like he's going to take your head off."