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Northwestern injury report

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Northwestern has released its injury report for Saturday's game against Minnesota (Big Ten Network, noon ET).

OUT

  • Offensive tackle Mike Boyle, back

  • Running back Alex Daniel, ankle (out for season)

  • Running back Stephen Simmons, ankle

  • Cornerback Justan Vaughn, leg

Cornerback Sherrick McManis and middle linebacker Nate Williams are both off the injury report, which is excellent news for a Northwestern's defense that got shredded last week at Syracuse. McManis likely will be assigned to Minnesota star wide receiver Eric Decker on Saturday, while Williams should help a linebacking corps that didn't tackle well at all against the Orange.

Simmons' absence for the second straight week will sting, as Arby Fields and Jacob Schmidt likely will share most of the carries. The big question: Do the coaches really trust Fields, who has shown playmaking ability but makes some mistakes as well? Reserve running back Jeravin Matthews also is off the injury report, which adds more speed to the offense.