Injuries: Turner (surgery), JT, Watkis

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- As per the Big East's new policy, Rutgers unveiled its injuries at 6 p.m. ahead of Saturday's game at Florida International. There are updates on backup left tackle Devon Watkis, freshman receiver J.T. Tartacoff and running back Casey Turner, who recently underwent surgery.

Rutgers is adding one player from its injured ranks, lost another player to injury and has a prized freshman running back out after undergoing surgery.

Rutgers released its injury report for Saturday's game at Florida International, and on it backup left tackle Devon Watkis is listed as being out with an ankle injury.

"Watkis isn't going to make the trip," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "He's got a high ankle (sprain). He was really doing pretty well. …He was practicing at a high level."

With Watkis out, Desmond Stapleton's backup becomes an area of great concern. Among the possibilities is moving left guard Desmond Wynn to tackle and using freshman Betim Bujari at left guard.

Freshman receiver J.T. Tartacoff, who suffered a leg injury late in training camp, is back at practice and will make the trip, but red-shirt freshman Quron Pratt (shoulder) remains sidelined.

"Tartacoff is going to go. Pratt's not going to go," Schiano said. "(Tartacoff) is healthy and he could play. Will we play him? I don't know."

Meanwhile, running back Casey Turner may not be available for a while. He underwent surgery last week to correct what is being termed by Rutgers as an injury located in the middle third of his body.

"He is doing better, but he's going to be a while," Schiano said. "He had surgery. It's not where he's going to be out all year. He should be back on some point."

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