Pat Fitzgerald delivered some good and some not-so-good news about key injuries
If you’re a Northwestern fan, you’ll take whatever good news you can get these days. The bad news, of course, came in bunches already in the Wildcats’ embarrassing 0-2 start.
To add insult to injury, two of Northwestern’s All-B1G players went down in the fourth quarter. Tailback and primary source of offense Justin Jackson suffered a lower-body injury and top cornerback Matthew Harris also suffered an unspecified injury. Neither returned.
According to Pat Fitzgerald, only one of them will be returning on Saturday against Duke.
Jackson will be back in the lineup, Fitzgerald announced. Harris, however, will miss at least Saturday.
It remains to be seen what specifically the injury is and what the timetable looks like. That’s usually not a good sign if he’s already being ruled out for the week on Monday.
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The loss of Harris will hurt a team that appeared stocked in the defensive backfield. The Wildcats already had to replace starting cornerback Keith Watkins II. Now, one of the most stout pass defenses from 2015 will be without its two starters.
Montre Hartage and Trae Williams will fill those spots.
But on the bright side, Jackson’s return means a struggling offense won’t have an even bigger uphill battle. Jackson hasn’t been able to do much of anything against Illinois State. The Northwestern tailback had just 39 yards on the ground, which was his lowest total since last year against Iowa.
Even with Jackson back, the Wildcats have some major questions to answer on that side of the ball if they hope to avoid an 0-3 start.