Minnesota Golden Gophers starting left tackle Ed Olson has already been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Purdue Boilermakers due to an ankle injury, according to Nate Sandell of 1500 ESPN. Olson's condition is improving, but Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill has decided to not to play him against Purdue this weekend.
Olson did not travel with the team to Madison for its 38-13 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers last weekend, but the Golden Gophers are at home for the next couple weeks as they host the Boilermakers and the Michigan Wolverines. With the offense sputtering, Minnesota is still searching for its first conference victory of the season.
In Olson's place, the Golden Gophers are starting redshirt sophomore Marek Lenkiewicz, a 6'5", 275-pound native of Tinley Park, Ill. He'll be protecting the team's third starting quarterback of the season, Philip Nelson, after the team went through MarQueis Gray and Max Shortell.