Coach Tracy Claeys did say that Pirsig has been cleared to practice today, which is a big step. If Pirsig has a good week of practice, he'll be able to play.
Pirsig has been out since he sprained an ankle Oct. 8 against Iowa.
Also notable on this week's depth chart, the Gophers still list KiAnte Hardin as a starting cornerback. He and four other Gophers currently have restraining orders that keep them from TCF Bank Stadium, but they are appealing at a hearing this week.
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.