Injuries are no joke at this stage of the season, and the Minnesota Golden Gopher football program has to endure a tough one after their 3-0 start.
Per an article from ESPN.com, the team will be without sixth-year wideout Chris Autman-Bell for the reminder of the season.
Autman-Bell will reportedly miss the rest of the season after going down with a leg injury in Saturday's win over Colorado.
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The veteran player will undergo surgery to assist in recovery from the non-contact lower leg injury, and at the time of the injury was leading the team in receptions and yards this season.
Autman-Bell has long been a staple of the Gopher offense, finishing in the top 3 in catches in each of the last 3 seasons, including leading the team in 2021.
He's a very impactful presence, one that will be missed for the rest of the season for the Gophers:
Autman-Bell has played in 47 games for Minnesota and has 125 career catches for 1,970 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has made a reception in each of his past 41 games, the longest active streak in the FBS. Minnesota will ask the NCAA for a seventh year of eligibility for Autman-Bell but will leave the decision up to him on whether to play in 2023.
Minnesota is 3-0 on the season, and are the lone undefeated team remaining in the Big Ten West division. The Gophers take on Michigan State on the road on Saturday, a 2:30 kickoff time.
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The 2021 Minnesota Twins entered the season with high expectations, but unfortunately, they've made the list of most disappointing Minnesota teams of all time.
Disappointment is a common feeling for Minnesota sports fans as the years continue. Following the NBA Championship win for Milwaukee, SportsCenter was quick to point out that Minnesota has the current longest streak of seasons without a championship appearance in the four major sports (MLB/NBA/NFL/NHL). The Minnesota Lynx also chimed in on the stat after claiming four championships since 2011.
The ten teams that are on this list all follow a similar pattern. The year prior was either a great season with a playoff run or one that featured a strong core of players that appeared to have taken the next step. Offseason/preseason expectations were high with even Las Vegas oddsmakers believing in a deep run. Unfortunately, those preseason expectations fell short for the following teams. None of the teams listed below made the playoffs.