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Updated: September 13th, 2012 11:18pm
Gophers' Zach Mottla, Martez Shabazz 'questionable' to play Saturday

Gophers' Zach Mottla, Martez Shabazz 'questionable' to play Saturday

by Nate Sandell
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Two games into the season, the Gophers are starting to experience some wear and tear.

The Gophers didn't release an official injury report this week, but Kill said Wednesday that starting senior center Zach Mottla and backup cornerback Martez Shabazz were 'questionable' for the team's Saturday match-up against Western Michigan.

Details about the injuries are unknown as Kill would not address specifics beyond noting that they occurred in practice on Tuesday.

Freshman wide receiver Andre McDonald is expected to be in the rotation Saturday after sitting out last week against New Hampshire with a turf-burn induced infection that caused swelling in one of his knees.

Kill has repeatedly said McDonald could have played, but held him out to be cautious. Kill mentioned Wednesday that McDonald is "fine" and has not been limited in practice since last Thursday.

The Gophers' other freshman receiver, Jamel Harbison, underwent surgery late Thursday morning to repair a tear in the right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. The injury was suffered during the first half against UNLV. Harbison will take a redshirt for the season and will have four years of eligibility remaining when he returns.

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