Injuries have already been a major factor for the Eagles, and against North Dakota State on Sept. 10 Eastern played without its two starting linebackers, seniorMiquiyah Zamora (hamstring) and Alek Kacmarcik(concussion), and nose guard Matthew Sommer (knee) missed his second-straight game. Against NDSU, senior wide receiver Cooper Kupp (shoulder) and sophomore rover Cole Karstetter (ruptured Achilles) were lost in the second half with injuries, as was starting offensive guard Chris Schlichting (shoulder). Karstetter, a 2014 graduate of Spokane's Ferris High School, was lost for the season and will undergo surgery after making the fifth start of his career against the Bison.
Sommer, Zamora, Kacmarcik, Kupp and Schlichting are all listed as questionable for this week's game versus Northern Iowa. Said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin on Kupp: "He's practiced so much that we'll obviously be very smart with what happens in practice this week, and then we'll get a feel closer to game time with where he is with his shoulder and AC joint."
Previously, defensive end Nick Foerstel (knee) is out for the year because of an injury suffered the first week of spring practices, and defensive end Conner Baumann (foot) is still recovering from an injury he suffered in the spring.