Minnesota TE Brandon Lingen to miss rest of regular season
Minnesota didn’t have much room for error with its passing game.
The Gophers have the No. 108 passing offense nationally and have struggled throwing the ball even more in B1G play.
On Tuesday, the Gopher aerial attack suffered a tough setback.
According to the Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen, Minnesota tight end Brandon Lingen is expected to miss the remainder of the 2016 regular season.
Lingen suffered a leg injury during Saturday’s game against Rutgers that forced him to the sidelines for the second half. He returned in a boot and on crutches.
That was just after Lingen returned from a broken clavicle, which he sidelined him for three weeks.
The junior tight end emerged in 2015 as one of Mitch Leidner’s more reliable pass-catching options. But after his 428-yard breakout season, Lingen will finish the 2016 regular season with three catches for 28 yards.
It remains to be seen if a possible medical redshirt would be an option with Lingen only active for less than 30 percent of Minnesota’s games.
Minnesota will look to get its passing game going on Saturday when it travels to take on Illinois. The Gophers can clinch a bowl berth with a win.