Injuries have added to the insult of Indiana’s three-game losing streak, and the Hoosiers have suffered some key physical setbacks over the last few weeks as a 3-0 started has turned into 3-3.
IU was down multiple starters against Michigan, and that might continue to be the case when they face Maryland at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday in Bloomington.
Head coach Tom Allen gave updates on five players at his regular Monday press conference.
If there’s any good news, none of the recent injuries appear to be of the season-ending variety at this point. But several players are in question for what appears to be a must-win affair against the Terrapins.
Starting linebacker Cam Jones will be out several weeks, Allen said again on Monday. The fifth-year linebacker is dealing with a foot injury he suffered in the Nebraska game. Jones was on the sidelines and on his feet during the Michigan game. See also: Jones’ injury leaves big shoes to fill.
Starting tight end A.J. Barner is week-to-week, according to Allen. The precise nature of his injury is unknown, although he could be seen wearing a walking boot on the field during warm-ups for the Michigan game. Indiana has also been without tight end James Bomba for the last few weeks. Allen did not provide an update on Bomba.
Starting cornerback Jaylin Williams is week-to-week. He suffered a shoulder injury against Nebraska. Although he returned to that game, Williams was unable to go against Michigan.
Wide receiver D.J. Matthews will be a game-time decision this week also. He has missed the last two games after suffering a hamstring injury against Cincinnati. Matthews appeared to test the hamstring prior to each of the last two games before deciding he couldn’t go. His absence has left IU without a deep threat to stretch opposing defenses.
Reserve wide receiver Javon Swinton will be a game-time decision this week. He missed the Michigan game with an undisclosed injury. He suffered a big hit against Nebraska but it is unclear if there is a connection to that play.
Indiana also lost starting right tackle Matthew Bedford for the season in the week one win over Illinois.
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