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Jeff Kolpack, Published September 29 2012

UNI injury report still remains a mystery

FARGO – The University of Northern Iowa had an early schedule that most said would test the strength of the Panthers. Whether UNI got through them without many major injuries is uncertain.

It had to weather two games in three weeks against Iowa and Wisconsin of the Big Ten Conference. Then the Panthers had to travel to Youngstown State, the No. 3-ranked team in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Starting cornerback J.J. Swain and starting middle linebacker Max Busher did not play at Youngstown, a 42-35 loss that saw the Panthers surrender 290 yards passing and four touchdowns to YSU quarterback Kurt Hess.

North Dakota State will probably have to wait until game time tonight to find out for sure who is in and who is out. Head coach Mark Farley said on the Missouri Valley Football Conference weekly telephone call that the Panthers’ injury situation was similar to last week.

“We’ll probably add a couple of guys to it,” he said.

He told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courrier newspaper a day earlier that he expects a couple players to return but he also hinted that he lost a couple more. He declined to be specific in both occasions.

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