Northwestern shuts down DT McEvilly with nagging foot injury
BY SETH GRUEN Staff Reporter November 18, 2013 10:33PM
Sean McEvilly, Jared Goff
Updated: December 20, 2013 6:29AM
Seems like after each loss, Northwestern has added injury to insult. At coach Pat Fitzgerald’s weekly news conference Monday, two days after a triple-overtime loss to Michigan, he announced that defensive tackle Sean McEvilly was done for the season.
McEvilly has a foot injury that will require surgery and will keep him out about three months. The Wildcats anticipate having him back for training camp and ‘‘will see how things go for spring ball,’’ Fitzgerald said.
The injury has hampered McEvilly through most of the season. He played in the first three games, then sat out four before returning at Iowa. But he hasn’t been healing at the rate NU had hoped.
McEvilly is the third starter the Wildcats have lost for the season. Cornerback Daniel Jones went down with a knee injury in the season opener, and running back Venric Mark was ruled out for the season last week with an ankle fracture.
‘‘He’s been battling through it, tried to come back, we tried to give him rest, and it hasn’t recovered to the point where we projected it’s going to,” Fitzgerald said of McEvilly. ‘‘So obviously we’re going to take a little more proactive approach to try to get things healed up for the long term.’’
During camp, defensive tackle was thought to be NU’s weakest position. As it turned out, that group — including McEvilly — has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season.
The defense also could be without safety Traveon Henry against Michigan State on Saturday. Henry sustained a mid-body injury against Michigan and left after three quarters. Guard Geoff Mogus is battling an upper-body injury. Both players are considered day-to-day.