Northwestern injury report

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

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



  • Defensive tackle Jack DiNardo, shoulder

Simmons' continued absence really hurts a rushing attack that hasn't looked the same since he hurt his ankle in Week 2 against Eastern Michigan. True freshman running back Arby Fields has shown bursts of promise, but the coaching staff seems to be more comfortable with sophomore Jacob Schmidt. Cornerback Justan Vaughn is off the injury report, which bolsters the secondary, while getting DiNardo on the field could be big for a struggling defensive line. Linebacker has been another spot plagued by injuries, and McNaul has struggled to stay healthy for much of his career.