Hoosiers monitoring injuries ahead of Rutgers trip

For three weeks, Indiana navigated the non-conference schedule relatively injury-free.

That’s no longer the case as the Hoosiers continue with Big Ten play.

IU opened Saturday’s game against Michigan State without receiver Luke Timian and defensive tackle Jacob Robinson, then lost hybrid safety Cam Jones late in regulation. Receiver Whop Philyor, too, emerged slightly hobbled from the 35-21 loss to the Spartans.

Indiana coach Tom Allen said Monday that the team will monitor all four players this week before determining their availability for Saturday’s game at Rutgers. Allen did not specify the nature of their injuries.

Philyor turned in a career-best effort, despite not playing at full health. The sophomore matched his personal high with 13 receptions for a career-high 148 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown.

“He’s a tough nut and fought through it, so hopefully we’ll continue to get him better,” Allen said. “But he made plays and had to kind of keep him going back and getting some treatment and getting squared away. But he wanted to stay in there, and he was able to obviously stay in there, and I think he needs to continue to work to get better.”

Timian didn’t dress for the Michigan State game and will be a game-time decision this week.

“Would love to be able to get him back, but we don’t know for sure if he will be,” Allen said.

Jones also played well before leaving the game in the fourth quarter. He recored his first career interception and his first forced fumble, finishing with three solo tackles.

“He’s on our list of game-time decisions,” Allen said. “We won’t know until later in the week. Definitely do not know right now if he’ll be available.”

Robinson was injured during practice last week. He dressed for the opening coin toss, but did not play.

“He’s a week-to-week situation right now,” Allen said. “Don’t know what his status will be for sure this week, but important guy for us and want to get him back as soon as possible.”

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  1. Wanted to place this on a soccer thread, but they were all closed to comments….I think soccer was Tsao’s favorite. You can move it to soccer if you wish, Jeremy.

    For Tsao:

    A great Hoosier has passed.
    It’s hard to imagine Hoosier Scoop without Tsao.
    It’s not been the same since his absence from these pages.
    I wondered of the worst.
    I hoped he was simply being stubborn.
    He was eloquent in his writing.
    He was a load of fun.
    He sure kept Dustin Dopirak on the run.
    Some may say he was too dominant and forceful to a fault,
    But Tsao loved his Hoosiers and he loved to exult.
    Sincere and always honest,
    He was an explorer of thoughts and worlds.
    Plowing through the internet walls,
    He typed away in these little boxes,
    Cursed the journalists and sported his big b_____s.
    He could punch hard with needed advice,
    Sometimes more stubborn than I stubborn twice.
    But always from a big heart was a man open to listen.
    With his challenges I felt his respect
    His love of words invited us all to a special place to dine
    He made this place shine. He made Scoop glisten.
    I’m grateful to have had his friendship here.
    Our lives so different ..but our souls more near.
    Goodbye, greatest storyteller of Scoop.
    Goodbye, my friend.


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