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  Auburn has lost its second center of the season with Tate Johnson slated for surgery on his left elbow. Tigers coach Bryan Harsin said Monday that Johnson is scheduled for surgery on the elbow Thursday and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks but could be out for the season. Jalil Irvin replaced him after Johnson went down with the injury against Missouri. Avery Jernigan has also worked at center. Johnson had taken over after sixth-year center Nick Brahms retired from football just ahead of the season opener after attempting to return from knee surgery. Harsin said quarterback T.J. Finley will practice this week after missing the Missouri game with an injury to his right shoulder. Robby Ashford started in a 17-14 overtime win and is listed as the starter on the depth chart going into Saturday night's game against LSU. - AP College Football

Jr/2024 C Tate JohnsonAuburn
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  Wisconsin tight end Clay Cundiff is unavailable indefinitely but hasn't been ruled out for the season. Cundiff was carted off the field Saturday in the Badgers' 52-21 loss to No. 3 Ohio State. In the injury report released Monday, Cundiff is listed as unavailable for the Badgers' upcoming game with Illinois due to an injured left leg. But he's not among the players out for the season. Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst declined to offer a timetable for when Cundiff possibly could return.

Cundiff injured his leg as he went down after making a catch in the final minute of the first half at Ohio State. As he was carted off the field, just about every Wisconsin player left the sideline to greet him and offer support. It's the second straight season in which Cundiff has been carted off the field with a major injury. He dislocated an ankle, broke his fibula and tore the deltoid ligament in his right leg last year in a 27-7 victory over Iowa, knocking him out for the rest of the season. Cundiff came back from that injury and caught two touchdown passes in a 17-14 loss to Washington State earlier this season. He has nine catches for 142 yards to go along with those two scores. - AP College Football

rJr/2024 TE Clay CundiffWisconsin
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  Georgia State's defense kept losing its impact players Saturday against Charlotte. All-conference linebacker Blake Carroll suffered a serious lower body injury, was carted to the locker room and came back to the sidelines on crutches. By the end of the game the Panthers were without cornerback Quay White, safety Antavious Lane and safety Jacorey Crawford. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

rSr/2023 ILB Blake CarrollGeorgia State
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  Georgia Southern wide receiver Sam Kenerson is out for the season with a knee injury suffered on Sept. 10 in the win at Nebraska. Kenerson's jersey No. 14 is hanging in the visitor's locker room, symbolic of the family culture developed with the football program. - Savannah Morning News

rSo/2025 WR Samuel KenersonGeorgia Southern
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  Minnesota annnounced Monday that sixth-year wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell will have season-ending surgery on his right leg, a big loss for the unbeaten Gophers as they begin Big Ten play without their best pass catcher. Autman-Bell was hurt in Minnesota's 49-7 win over Colorado on Saturday, when he landed awkwardly while trying to catch on off-target throw in the second quarter. He grabbed his leg in pain, needed help leaving the field and was sent to a hospital for further examination. "Your heart breaks for him, because he's worked incredibly hard," coach P.J. Fleck said. The procedure will take place on Wednesday.

Fleck didn't specify the diagnosis, other than to describe the injury as to Autman-Bell's lower leg. The Gophers will apply to the NCAA for a medical redshirt that would allow him to return for a seventh season, should he wish to. The native of Kankakee, Illinois, who was in Fleck's first recruiting class at Minnesota after flipping his commitment and following him from Western Michigan, redshirted that first year. The 2020 season didn't count against anyone's eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With 1,970 career receiving yards, Autman-Bell ranks ninth in program history. He caught a 39-yard touchdown pass against Colorado before he was hurt. The team's leading returning receiver from 2021, when he had 36 catches for 506 yards and six touchdowns, Autman-Bell has again been quarterback Tanner Morgan's favored target. - AP College Football

rSr/2023 WR Chris Autman-BellMinnesota
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  Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener suffered a high ankle sprain when he was knocked out of the Bulldogs' 45-17 loss Saturday night at No. 7 USC, and it is not a season-ending injury. Haener, who was injured in the third quarter when sacked by Trojans defensive tackle Solomon Byrd, had X-rays at the stadium before returning to the Bulldogs bench on crutches later in the third quarter. "I think he caught my leg and rolled it and I heard a little pop," Haener said, making his way off the field after the game. "We have to get back and take a look at it, but it's not broken so it doesn't require surgery or anything like that, so that's good news. High ankle sprains sometimes can take a little bit longer so we'll just have to see how it goes," coach Jeff Tedford said. - Fresno Bee

rSr/2023 QB Jake HaenerFresno State
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  North Texas has been without cornerback John Davis Jr. since he went down with an undisclosed injury during the season-opening win over UTEP. Coach Seth Littrell does not discuss the injury status of his players, but it appears as if Davis will be unavailable this week for UNT's game at UNLV. The senior wasn't listed on the Mean Green's depth chart this week. Sophomore Ridge Texada is listed as the starter at one cornerback spot with junior DeShawn Gaddie on the opposite side. - Denton Record

rSr/2023 CB John DavisNorth Texas
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  Purdue's top defensive playmaker - Jalen Graham, a rare talent who can play at all three levels and effectively against the run and the pass - is sidelined up to four weeks with a tibia impact fracture suffered against Penn State. He finished that game and tried to practice last week. He is the type of safety/linebacker that NFL teams covet. - Frank Cooney, NFL Draft Scout

Sr/2023 OLB Jalen GrahamPurdue
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  Iowa's defense won't be getting any reinforcements back this week. Linebacker Jestin Jacobs (leg; soft tissue) isn't ready according to coach Nick Ferentz. Iowa already lost wide receiver Jackson Ritter and offensive lineman Justin Britt to season-ending injuries. Defensive tackle Yahya Black (foot surgery) has a ways to go. - Iowa Press Citizen

rJr/2024 OLB Jestin JacobsIowa
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  Purdue will be without one of its best defenders in one of its most important positions for at least the next few games. Senior defensive back Jalen Graham suffered a tibia impact fracture in the Boilermakers' season opener against Penn State that will take him out of playing for what is expected to be Purdue's next two or three games, local media reported before Saturday's game. The injury prevented him from playing against Indiana State and could sideline him against Syracuse, Florida Atlantic and potentially Minnesota. - Purdue Exponent

Sr/2023 OLB Jalen GrahamPurdue
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  Ohio State Coach Ryan Day expects receivers Jaxon Smith-Nijgba and Julian Fleming to both play against Toledo on Saturday night - assuming both continue on their current recovery from injury. The Ohio State coach said Smith-Njigba, the program's single-season record holder for receiving yards, is "further along than he was at this point last week" in his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury. "We'll see how this week goes," Day said. "We'll only put him in the game if we're 100% sure he's ready to roll." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jr/2024 WR Jaxon Smith-NjigbaOhio State
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  Notre Dame freshman kickoff specialist Bryce McFerson remains out with a groin injury that caused him to miss the first two games. Freshman walk-on Zac Yoakam has forced touchbacks on half of his six kickoffs, but the Irish rank 100th nationally in average kick return yardage allowed. Tight end Mitchell Evans and running back Jadarian Price are out of walking boots following summer surgeries on their foot and Achilles, respectively. Neither has been cleared to practice. - Indianapolis Star/News

Fr/2026 P Bryce McFersonNotre Dame
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  Tulane coach Willie Fritz said wide receiver Phat Watts was out for the year with an ACL injury. Watts went down without being touched after catching a short pass on the last play of the first quarter Saturday...Tight end Will Wallace, who sat out with an unspecified injury, practiced Tuesday along with defensive end Keith Cooper and linebacker Noah Taliancich, who left with minor injuries on Saturday. - New Orleans Times Picayune

rSr/2023 WR Phat WattsTulane
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  Southern Cal rush edge Romello Height (shoulder) had his arm in a sling at Tuesday's practice. Coach Lincoln Riley said the plan is to take things easy with the Auburn transfer early in the week and see where he's at as the Trojans approach Saturday's game against Fresno State. USC will take a similar approach with left tackle Courtland Ford (ankle), though Riley sounded more optimistic about Ford's likelihood of playing Saturday. - Orange County Register

rSo/2025 OLB Romello HeightSouthern California
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  Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers was off to a terrific start against Alabama before a shoulder injury ended his day early. If he can't go Saturday, Hudson Card will start against UTSA. Card started two games last season before losing his starting job to Casey Thompson. The Lake Travis product has the confidence of his coaches and teammates. coming up. Texas' starting quarterback figures to be down for a while with a shoulder injury, which puts the ball in the hands of Card or redshirt freshman Charles Wright against UTSA on Saturday. - Austin American Statesman

rFr/2026 QB Quinn EwersTexas
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