It’s getting pretty dire at Minnesota.

The team has been down a number of linemen due to COVID. Now, the Gophers have an even bigger challenge on their hand as the team announced one of its starting defensive lineman would not be playing.

The absence of Keonte Schad just adds to the growing number of players missing for Minnesota.

The Gopher defense was already in rough shape after giving up more than 40 points in each of their first two outings. Now, they have to replace a key started along the defensive line.

The only saving grace is Illinois has hardly shown that it’s capable of winning a game. But with so many Minnesota players missing, this seems like a chance for the Illini to sneak a victory in.