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Week 4 injury report: Bowser IN, Williams OUT

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The sophomore standout is ready to go.

NCAA Football: Illinois at Northwestern Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern got good news on Thursday night as the program released that sophomore running back Isaiah Bowser is healthy for Saturday’s Big Ten showdown against the Michigan State Spartans.

The injury report solely contained senior cornerback Trae Williams, who was injured in Week 1 against Stanford but returned to play against UNLV two weeks later.

It’s important to note that the injury report only lists people on the two-deep, so we don’t necessarily know if guys like Jesse Brown, Devin O’Rourke and Malik Washington are good to go for Saturday. Redshirt first-year defensive end Eku Leota appears to be healthy as he is off the injury report.

The injury report is an overall positive for NU with Bowser returning as they’ll need all the help they can get on the ground against one of the best rushing defenses in the nation. It would be nice to have Brown healthy, but between Anderson and Bowser, the Wildcats should be able to muster some success in the trenches.

Although the Williams injury leaves NU thin at cornerback and remains a legitimate concern moving forward, they should be fine as they go against a Spartan offense that sputtered last week against Arizona State.