Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner had successful surgery on his left foot Wednesday, and his recovery should take about four months, the team announced.

“Mitch’s surgery went well,” coach Tracy Claeys said in the press release. "We will be careful with his recovery process, but hope to have him back at full strength in four months or so.”

Leidner started all 13 games this year as a junior and passed for 2,701 yards, the Gophers' fourth highest single-season mark.

The Lakeville native has played through ligament injuries in the foot for the past two seasons and spent much of his time off the field in a walking boot in recent weeks. He will be limited in spring practice but is expected to be full-go for summer workouts, as Claeys said earlier this month.

Roster moves confirmed

Claeys also confirmed that Berkley Edwards, Desmond Gant and Craig James have been granted their release from the program.

“We wish all three of them the best and thank them for their contributions to the program,” Claeys said in the press release. “Craig James wants to be close to his family, while Desmond is seeking an opportunity for more playing time. Berkley indicated to us that he is leaving our football program to pursue track full time.” 

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