Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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Some quick updates from Wednesday's practice:
Donnell Kirkwood (sprained ankle) was in an orange jersey running around, but he's doubtful for Saturday's game at New Mexico State. Still, it's a good sign that he's making progress less than a week after sustaining the injury.
Berkley Edwards (sprained ankle) is about as close to returning to game action as Kirkwood, said Coach Jerry Kill, who compared Edwards' injury to the one MarQueis Gray suffered last year. It took Gray about three weeks to come back from his injury, Kill said.
Derrick Wells (shoulder and hamstring injuries) has been practicing at full-speed this week and will have an opportunity to play against New Mexico State, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said. "I think Derrick will be available, if not for this one, next week for sure," Claeys said.
Jamel Harbison will miss his second straight game because of a discipline issue, Kill said. "But he’ll be back here soon," Kill said. "He’s doing a good job. He’s doing what he’s been asked to do and told to do. It's no different than -- I’m sure Rodrick [Williams] won’t be late to the team meeting this week. I don’t think he enjoyed missing the first half, so I think he’ll be the first one at the team meeting."
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