Northwestern’s season-opening win over Cal can at a very steep price defensively for the Wildcats.
Monday morning, head coach Pat Fitzgerald acknowledged that cornerback Daniel Jones suffered a very significant knee injury in the win that will cost him the remainder of the 2013 season. The redshirt junior will undergo surgery to repair the damage to what’s believed to be a torn ACL.
Jones suffered the injury late in the first half of the win. To add insult to literal injury, Jones was flagged for pass interference on the play that resulted in him being carted off the field.
After starting the final seven games of the 2012 season, Jones kept the starting job in spring practice and throughout summer camp.
In other Wildcat injury news, Fitzgerald said that both quarterback Kain Colter and running back Venric Mark are “day-to-day” with their own ailments. Mark, NU’s leading rusher last season, has been bothered by a lower-extremity injury, which limited him to 29 yards and 11 carries in the opener. Colter suffered what was diagnosed as a concussion very early in the Cal game.
“You’ll see it when I see it. Practices aren’t closed,” Fitzgerald said when asked if Colter will be available for Saturday’s game against Syracuse.