Northwestern released its injury report on Twitter late Thursday ahead of Saturday’s visit to Lincoln against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Running back Isaiah Bowser and left tackle Rashawn Slater are both listed as questionable for the critical Big Ten West matchup. Bowser has appeared banged up since hobbling off the field at Stanford in Week 1, but we don’t have much word as to what happened with Slater as he played the entirety of the game against Wisconsin last weekend.
Week 6 Injury Report— Northwestern Football (@NUFBFamily) October 4, 2019
RB I. Bowser - QUESTIONABLE
OT R. Slater - QUESTIONABLE
Updates provided for student-athletes listed on that week's depth chart.#B1GCats x #GoCats pic.twitter.com/DbNbzuF7zX
Fans should be relieved to see Hunter Johnson left off the report despite the fact that he missed a significant chunk of last weekend’s fourth quarter after suffering a knee injury at Camp Randall.
Senior receiver Bennett Skowronek, who suffered a lower body injury late against Michigan State, will miss his second straight game. We learned Monday that the veteran had surgery this past week and will miss at least the next month of action.
The Wildcats may already be down two running backs in senior John Moten IV and junior Jesse Brown, each of whom have not played for the last two weeks. If Bowser can’t play, redshirt first-year Drake Anderson could have to continue to carry the majority of the workload on the ground, a potential problem for a Wildcat offense already struggling to put points on the board.
We will learn about the potentially crucial status of the other Wildcat running backs, who do not have to be listed on the injury report because they are not on the two-deep, on game day.
This post has been updated to reflect that we have no knowledge of the status of Moten and Brown.