Northwestern injury report: Simmons iffy

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Northwestern has issued its injury report for Saturday's road game against Syracuse (ESPN360, 7 p.m. ET).



The big name here is Simmons, who has performed very well as Northwestern's starter in the first two games (150 rush yards, 2 TDs). The junior likely sustained the injury on his second touchdown run against Eastern Michigan. If he can't go, true freshman Arby Fields likely would get the start.

Head coach Pat Fitzgerald said Wednesday that McManis is probable, and the Wildcats need him on the field to cover Syracuse standout receiver Mike Williams. Northwestern really missed McManis last week.

Matthews can be a playmaker as a runner and a receiver, so his presence would be big for the offense.