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Northwestern's Mark Out, Colter Questionable

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Northwestern running back Venric Mark will be out next week at Iowa, while quarterback Kain Colter remains questionable. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.
Northwestern running back Venric Mark will be out next week at Iowa, while quarterback Kain Colter remains questionable. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.

Northwestern (4-3, 0-3) struggled on offense Saturday in its 20-17 loss to Minnesota. The Wildcats were without two key playmakers, running back Venric Mark and quarterback Kain Colter. Northwestern will be heading into its game at Iowa on Saturday without Mark and possibly Colter too.

The Wildcats have now lost three straight Big Ten games after starting the season 4-0, depleting the Rose Bowl hopes the team once had.

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald announced Monday that Mark will be out again this week after suffering an ankle injury early in the loss to Wisconsin two weeks ago. Colter, who is also dealing with an ankle injury, is "day-to-day," according to Fitzgerald.

Mark finished last season with 2,166 total yards and 13 touchdowns, but has only appeared in three games this season with 183 yards and no touchdowns.

The Northwestern offense has taken a hit without Mark, and if the Wildcats have any hope for playing in a bowl game, they'll want Colter playing as soon as possible.