Injuries still nagging at Hoosiers

Lynch, angry.

For a third straight game, Indiana will face a team that does not hide the way it hopes to succeed on offense.

Minnesota will throw the ball to star receiver Eric Decker, who leads the conference in receiving yards and receptions per game, repeatedly.

The question for Indiana, which has lost two games in a row and will play its first road game of the year in a dome where they haven’t won since 1993, is whether any of its safeties will be healthy enough to try to handle Decker, a physical wide out who often exploits the middle of the field.

“I don’t know where we’ll be (injury-wise),” Indiana coach Bill Lynch said during his weekly press conference Tuesday.

Starting safeties Nick Polk (knee) and Austin Thomas (lower leg) are progressing, Lynch said, but will not do much later today in practice.

The prognosis for reserve Jerimy Finch seems less optimistic. He wore a boot on the foot he injured in the Hoosiers’ 42-29 loss to Michigan State Saturday.

That leaves seniors Joe Kleinsmith and Brandon Mosley — who led Indiana with 12 and 10 tackles, respectively, against the Spartans — to play significant roles again.

“I thought Kleinsmith and Mosley, particularly, played really well,” Lynch said.

Indiana is dealing with a number of other injuries. Andrew Means missed the second half of the Michigan State game with a swollen knee (bursitis) and will be used lightly during practice this week in hopes he can play Saturday. Freshmen receiver Tandon Doss hurt his knee and likely won’t play. Quarterback/offensive rover Kellen Lewis hurt his ankle and missed a few snaps but appears to have healed well.

“You know how ankles are,” Lynch said. “He came in on Sunday and said it felt OK. He looked good running around on Monday.”

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  1. Should be an entertaining game. Very amazed how well Minnesota has done since their absolutely awful record last season

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