Gray, Mottla listed as 'questionable' on Gophers' weekly injury report
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MINNEAPOLIS -- As expected, Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray has been listed as "questionable" on the team's weekly injury report to play on Saturday against Syracuse.
Gray is recovering from a knee and high ankle sprain suffered in the second quarter of the Gophers' victory over Western Michigan last Saturday. As of Wednesday, Gray had not run on his injured leg, but was able to do limited drills with the team's training staff.
Kill said Wednesday Gray was improving at a steady rate, though he was still experiencing a high degree of soreness.
Sophomore Max Shortell will start in Gray's place. It is unlikely Gray will be available on Saturday, but if he is it would be as a backup.
Freshman wide receiver Andre McDonald, who was admitted to the hospital on Thursday, was marked questionable. The Gophers confirmed that McDonald was undergoing a series tests on Thursday afternoon. No further details were released.
However, McDonald told the University of Minnesota's student newspaper, the Minnesota Daily, that he had a "little problem" with his heart.
Hampered by sprained ankle, starting center Zach Mottla sat out last week's game and is questionable for Saturday. Mottla returned to practice Tuesday, though as of Wednesday he was not yet at full strength. Kill said he was hopeful would Mottla would be available against Syracuse.
Redshirt sophomore Zac Epping has shifted over from his starting spot at right guard to replace Mottla at center. Even if Mottla is healthy by the weekend, Epping may stay a center in the short term, with redshirt sophomore Caleb Bak inserted at right guard.
"He'll be there until I feel Zach Mottla is a 100 percent. We'll reevaluate at that point," offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said Tuesday. "I kind of like what we were able to get going on Saturday with Caleb Bak in there and Zac Epping at center."
Junior cornerback Martez Shabazz is sidelined for at least another week with a dislocated right toe.
Linebacker Lamonte Edwards and offensive lineman Joe Bjorklund were also listed as questionable.