Suffice to say, Northwestern’s defensive line will be less than 100 percent when it takes the field this coming weekend.
Thursday night, Northwestern released its injury report for this Saturday’s game against No. 20 Iowa in Evanston. Just two names were listed on the report, and both are defensive linemen — Earnest Brown IV and Trevor Kent. Unfortunately for both the players and the program, the linemen have been ruled out for Week 9 with unspecified injuries.
Both Brown and Kent suffered their injuries in the blowout loss to Ohio State last Friday.
Kent had started the first six games of the 2019 season, marking the first starts of his collegiate career. The sophomore’s two quarterback hits are tied for second on the team.
A junior, Brown is listed as a backup defensive end. This season, he has been credited with 15 tackles, 2½ tackles for loss, two sacks and two pass breakups.
The Wildcats have lost four in a row heading into this weekend; they haven’t lost five straight since they were in the midst of a seven-game losing streak in 2014.