Gophers tight end Brandon Lingen will have surgery to repair a broken clavicle and miss four to five weeks, coach Tracy Claeys said Sunday.
The injury is not related to the shoulder surgery that Lingen had after spring practice, Claeys said. Lingen missed the season opener and was back at full health when he returned for Saturday’s 58-28 win over Indiana State.
Lingen, an honorable mention All-Big Ten player last season, had at least three pancake blocks and had one reception for 17 yards against the Sycamores. But he went up for a pass in the third quarter and came down hard on his left shoulder.
Since Lingen broke that same clavicle earlier in his college career, he’ll have a plate inserted this time. It’s a setback for the Gophers, who will need Nate Wozniak, Colton Beebe and Nick Hart to pick up the slack while Lingen heals.
Randy Johnson has been covering college football in one form or another since the early 1990s. He was the Star Tribune’s main college football editor on the copy desk for nearly two decades before returning to reporting in August 2017 as the beat writer for Gophers football. Randy has covered a Rose Bowl (Joe Paterno’s 1994 Penn State team), and he covered a John Gutekunst-coached Gophers team that missed out on the 1990 Weed-Eater Bowl. Email Randy to talk about the Gophers.
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