MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota sophomore safety Antoine Winfield Jr. is out for the rest of the season after injuring his left foot in the first quarter of the Big Ten opener at Maryland.
Coach P.J. Fleck said Sunday the Gophers were "heartbroken" for Winfield, who suffered a season-ending injury for the second straight year in the 42-13 loss Saturday to the Terrapins.
Last season, Winfield played in only four games and was granted a medical redshirt after suffering a hamstring injury. Fleck said the team believes Winfield will meet the NCAA's waiver requirement for a sixth year of eligibility. If granted, Winfield would have three years left.
Winfield had a punt return for a touchdown this season, plus an interception and a fumble recovery.