Gophers wide receiver KJ Maye and tight end Brandon Lingen are both expected back from their respective injuries for Saturday’s game against Kent State, but safeties Damarius Travis and Ace Rogers are still out.
The team released its depth chart and injury report Thursday night, with Maye (injured midsection) and Lingen (concussion) both listed as starters.
Maye took a big hit in the fourth quarter at Colorado State, before catching his touchdown pass with 55 seconds remaining. He was spitting up blood on the sideline, so the training staff held him out of overtime.
“He’s OK,” coach Jerry Kill told KFAN (100.3-FM) on Thursday.
Kill said he’s not sure of the medical specifics but described the injury as a bruised lung.
“I thought he broke his ribs,” Kill said. “But he’s practiced every day, and he’s a very, very tough kid mentally. He’s OK and that’s important to us.”
Lingen suffered his concussion in the first quarter, but it appears he’s been cleared to play. With Travis (hamstring) and Rogers (knee) still out, walk-on Adekunle Ayinde will get another start at safety.
Kill also mentioned on the radio that Joe Bjorklund is playing through a knee injury. Bjorklund is the starting left guard with Jon Christenson out three to four weeks following knee surgery.
Josh Campion, who will start at right tackle, is also listed as the backup at left guard, behind Bjorklund. If Campion moves to guard, senior Foster Bush is listed as the backup right tackle.