Minnesota RB Shannon Brooks to miss 3-5 weeks with foot injury
Shannon Brooks’ fall training camp appears to be over.
Minnesota announced on Tuesday that the sophomore tailback was sidelined with a foot injury, but the severity of it was unknown.
On Wednesday, Tracy Claeys announced at his Twin Cities Dunkers appearance that Brooks would be out 3-5 weeks with that injury.
The short end of that recovery time would mean Brooks would be ready just in time for the season opener. Unfortunately for the Gophers, the season opener is on Thursday, Sept. 1, which is three weeks and a day away.
The longer side of that recovery time would mean that Brooks would return following the Gophers’ Week 2 game against Indiana State. Minnesota does have a bye week after that, which could give the talented sophomore some extra time to get back to full strength before opening B1G play at Penn State on Oct. 1.
It still isn’t entirely clear what injury Brooks suffered, just that his foot was “banged up a little bit.” Without Brooks, the Gophers will turn to sophomore Rodney Smith, who ran for 670 yards and two scores as a freshman last year.
Claeys will give a full update on Brooks when he meets with the media this Saturday.