Northwestern’s Kain Colter, Venric Mark day-to-day with injuries
BY SETH GRUEN Staff Reporter September 2, 2013 8:24PM
Kain Colter during Northwestern spring football practice at the Lakeside Field Athletic Complex in Evanston, Ill., on Saturday, April 13, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 2, 2013 9:30PM
The only good news — and the best possible news — that came out of Northwestern’s game Saturday night at California was that the Wildcats won 44-30.
Other than that, Northwestern left Berkeley early Sunday morning with a rash of injuries it will have to deal with for weeks.
On Monday, starting quarterback Kain Colter was called day-to-day. Colter left the game with a concussion after only two plays. He was ruled out for the rest of the game when he was re-evaluated at halftime.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald appeared cautiously optimistic that Colter could return for the home opener Saturday against Syracuse (5 p.m., BTN, 720-AM).
If Colter is unable to play, Trevor Siemian will start.
“I usually try to be as descriptive as I can without compromising our team with my injury report on Thursday,” Fitzgerald said. “So if I can describe it, I will. If I think it will compromise anything for our team, I won’t.”
Junior cornerback Daniel Jones injured his knee with 20 seconds left in the game while defending a pass in the end zone. He will have surgery next week and is done for the season.
True freshman Matthew Harris left the game after the opening kickoff and was called day-to-day.
Running back and return specialist Venric Mark played sparingly because of a lower-body injury. The returning All-America punt returner didn’t see any action on special teams, but he played in the fourth quarter.
Mark’s status for Saturday also is day-to-day. Fitzgerald said that Mark didn’t leave training camp 100 percent healthy, though he was “pretty close.”
With Mark out, junior running back Treyvon Green filled in nicely, carrying the ball 16 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns.