Northwestern's Dan Persa set to play

Northwestern senior quarterback Dan Persa returned to practice on Wednesday and said he would be ready to play in this week's game against Indiana despite a turf toe injury.

Persa left Saturday's loss to Penn State late in the game while dealing with the issue on his left foot, and he sat out practice on Tuesday. He said he'll have the foot heavily taped this week.

"It's going to get aggravated," he told reporters. "There's no way to stop that. It's just playing with the pain."

Persa missed Northwestern's first three games this season while working back from last year's torn Achilles tendon injury in his right leg. In his first game back, an Oct. 1 loss at Illinois, he left the game early after feeling some pain in the tendon.

He has completed 74.8 percent of his passes this season for 990 yards, with six touchdowns and three interceptions for the Wildcats (2-5, 0-4 Big Ten). Persa and Kain Colter have been splitting snaps at quarterback the past few weeks.

Brian Bennett covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com.