Minnesota RB Shannon Brooks could miss season opener with foot injury

The Minnesota Golden Gophers seem like they have found a new identity with Tracy Claeys now at the helm. However, they could be without their starting running back Shannon Brooks to open the 2016 season.

It was reported on Wednesday that Brooks had suffered a foot injury earlier this week. The injury has said to be minor, but it could keep him out anywhere from three to five weeks, with the latter end of the timetable meaning he would miss at least the first two games of the season.

This is a big deal for the Golden Gophers as Brooks was an important part of their offense in 2015. He led the team in rushing with 709 yards and seven touchdowns.

If he is out for the maximum time, the Gophers will likely have to go with Rodney Smith. He was second on the team in rushing with 670 yards in 2015.

The Gophers open the season on Sept. 1 hosting the Oregon State Beavers and then on Sept. 10 hosting the Indiana State Sycamores.

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