Key Gophers starters inactive against Michigan

The Gophers will be without two starters on the offensive line, with Curtis Dunlap Jr. and Daniel Faalele inactive against Michigan.

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Nur B. Adam

The Gopher and Wolverine lines clash at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Paul Hodowanic

The Minnesota Gophers will be without several key starters against the University of Michigan on Saturday.

This was expected following head coach P.J. Fleck’s comments from earlier in the week when he declined to specify which players Minnesota would be without, but said there would be absences.

The biggest of those absences comes on the offensive line with right tackle Daniel Faalele and right guard Curtis Dunlap Jr. out. Faalele was not seen in pregame warmups while Dunlap had his left foot in a cast.

On defense, redshirt sophomore Braelen Oliver is out. He was seen in street clothes on the field prior to the game. Oliver was expected to take over a starting role following the departure of seniors Thomas Barber and Kamal Martin. True freshman Cody Lindenberg will start in Oliver’s place alongside Mariano Sori-Marin.

The Gophers special teams unit will also be missing one of its starters. Freshman punter Mark Crawford did not participate in warmups.