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Kevin Schnepf, Published November 11 2013

Olson will not play while Williams could play in NDSU's next football game

FARGO - Grant Olson will not play while Marcus Williams could play in North Dakota State's football game Saturday at Youngstown State of Ohio.

Olson and Williams, both key starters for NDSU's nationally-ranked defense, each suffered knee injuries in last Saturday's 28-10 home win over Illinois State.

Olson's injury appears more serious, but as of Sunday, it was not confirmed if it was a season-ending injury.

In a statement released Sunday through the NDSU sports information office, Bison head coach Craig Bohl said Olson "will definitely not play" in Saturday's game at Youngstown. Bohl said Williams' injury will be monitored "day-to-day."

Olson, a senior middle linebacker who has been NDSU's leading tackler the last two seasons, suffered his knee injury on the third play of the second half of Saturday's win over Illinois State. He watched the rest of the game from the sidelines, on crutches and wearing a wrap around his left knee.

Williams, an senior All-American cornerback, twisted his knee late in the first half. He watched the rest of the second half from the sidelines wearing street clothes.

The Bison, undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the Football Championship Subdivision, can clinch a Missouri Valley Football Conference title with a win at Youngstown. Youngstown, with only two losses, also has a chance to win at Missouri Valley championship.

Bohl is expected to talk more about the injuries during his weekly press conference today at noon.