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Northwestern injury report

Northwestern has issued its official injury report for Saturday's game against Central Michigan.

OUT

  • S David Arnold, foot

  • LB Roderick Goodlow, knee (ACL, out for season)

  • OL Evan Luxenburg, knee

DOUBTFUL

  • S Jared Carpenter, back

Although there are fewer names on this week's injury report, the inclusion of Carpenter is cause for concern. Northwestern already is down a projected starter at safety in Arnold, and Carpenter's loss would create a depth problem. Sophomore Hunter Bates, who had an interception last week at Rice and boasts six tackles this season, would start if Carpenter can't play. Central Michigan ranks 25th nationally in pass offense (270.7 ypg), so NU's secondary will be tested. Freshman receiver Tony Jones (shoulder) is off the injury report.

The best news here for the Wildcats is the absence of defensive tackle Niko Mafuli, who missed the past two games with a knee injury. Mafuli is expected to play Saturday and adds depth at the defensive tackle spot.