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Gophers release depth chart, injury report for Purdue game

Gophers coach Jerry Kill told KFAN (100.3-FM) on Thursday that eight starters would be out for Saturday’s game at Purdue. He also said he didn’t want to disclose what the new injuries are, to keep from giving the Boilermakers an edge.

It's hard to glean much from the team's depth chart and injury report, which comes out each week after the Thursday practice.

Kill had said two offensive linemen are out. The depth chart actually has injured left tackle Ben Lauer returning to start, with Jonah Pirsig moving to right tackle. Josh Campion, who missed the season opener with a concussion, is not listed as a starter this week. He’s listed as a backup at both tackle positions.

Jon Christenson (knee surgery) is listed as the backup left guard, behind Joe Bjorklund. Those two are expected to split time.

The injury report lists six players, and not all are would-be starters, so there are more names to come. The injury report says four players are out: Craig James (broken leg), Jeff Jones (unspecified injury), Lincoln Plsek (back) and Duke Anyanwu (knee). It lists two players as questionable: Damarius Travis (hamstring) and Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee).

Here's a look at the full depth chart and injury report, but it's worth noting that it's probably an incomplete picture.

Leidner to start at quarterback

Gophers coach Jerry Kill told KFAN (100.3-FM) on Thursday that Mitch Leidner is still the starting quarterback, with freshman Demry Croft as the No. 2 QB.

Kill had declined to answer that question since replacing Leidner with Croft in the fourth quarter of last week's 27-0 loss at Northwestern.

"If everybody wants to know, [Leidner's] going to be our starting quarterback," Kill said on his weekly radio show. "Right now, he can read the checks, he can make the reads. We need to protect him. We need to be able to run the ball better. We need to do a lot of things as a whole team."

Kill declined to say how he's going to use Croft, moving forward.

"Demry's got to continue to be ready," Kill said. "They've both gotten the same amount of work [in practice], and [Croft] needs to get better because we’re going to need him."

Eight starters out

The Gophers will have eight starters out because of injuries against Purdue with another player questionable, Kill said.

Kill said two offensive linemen won't play this week. He didn't want to go into specifics, so as not to help Purdue with its game plan.

The would-be starters who are known publicly to be injured are tight end Lincoln Plsek (back), left tackle Ben Lauer (broken hand), safety Damarius Travis (hamstring), cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee), and punt returner/cornerback Craig James (broken leg).

Left guard Jon Christenson (knee surgery) was hoping to return this week. Also injured is tight end Duke Anyanwu (knee). It sounds like there are some new ones. The team's depth chart and injury report gets released on Thursday evening, though it doesn't sound as if the full injury list will be known until Saturday.

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