Injuries hit Hoosiers as kickoff nears

Indiana managed to glide through the bulk of the preseason without any major injuries to report.

That’s no longer the case.

IU coach Kevin Wilson announced Monday that senior linebacker Steven Funderburk and freshman running back Tommy Mister will both miss the upcoming year with season-ending injuries.

Funderburk, who made 20 tackles, including 14 solo stops last season, suffered a back injury that will keep him off the field for the next 12-14 months, Wilson said.

Mister, who appeared set to factor into the rotation as a backup, will soon undergo knee surgery and take a redshirt.

Tight ends Danny Friend and Anthony Corsaro, redshirt sophomore center Wes Rogers and junior safety Dawson Fletcher are also nursing minor injuries and aren’t expected to play on Saturday.

“They’re day‑to‑day, week‑to‑week, kinda gettin’ back in it but they’ve missed some of the prep time and I don’t anticipate them doing a lot this week,” Wilson said. “With opening day coming it might be two or three weeks, whether they have had a high‑ankle sprain or knee sprain that glitched them there, so those four guys are gimpy, but outside of that we’re in good health as far as consistently having guys practicing, had a good camp.

“Unfortunately you losing two solid kids for their season, we hate that, but preseason has been awesome. We’re look forward to the opener at high noon, 12:01 with Indiana State and we expect them to come in with a lot of energy and effort and flyin’ around like they did last year with their ‑‑ it’s going to be ‑‑ they have nothing to lose.”