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Northwestern Wildcats Week 2 Injury Report for Illinois State

Two backup linemen are out, as is Warren Long.

NCAA Football: Western Michigan at Northwestern Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The week didn’t start out with friendly injury news: Warren Long will miss at least four weeks with a broken hand. Then, Thursday, Northwestern released its official injury report for the week, and two more injuries were revealed:

OL Shane Mertz - OUT

OL Ben Oxley - OUT

Both Mertz and Oxley are listed as backups on the Week 2 depth chart.

Pat Fitzgerald likes to rotate his guys up front pretty frequently, especially early in the season, so it will be interesting to see who replaces these two up front. Mertz, a sixth-year senior, lost out to Tommy Doles for the right guard spot, while Oxley has transitioned over from the defensive side of the ball nicely.