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NIU football notes: Harris Jr. out for the season

DeKALB – Northern Illinois will not have the services of sophomore running back Keith Harris Jr. or cornerback Sean Evans Saturday at Central Michigan.

Harris is out for the year because of ankle surgery, while Evans left Saturdays’ win over Akron with a knee injury.

“He’s going to take a little time there to get right,” Carey said of the senior cornerback. “So I’d say out for this week and then next week we’ll probably go into that day-to-day mode.”

Expect Marlon Moore and Paris Logan to be the Huskies’ two starters at corner Saturday.

Other notes from Tuesday’s news conference:

• Carey said kicker Mathew Sims, who didn’t play against Akron, is day-to-day, and Carey hopes to have him back Saturday. He said Tyler Wedel, who kicked last week, will take more kicking reps in practice this week.

“I think that can make a huge difference in how [Wedel] performs, is that he’ll be preparing that whole week,” Carey said. “I think it’s easier to dial it back than it is to dial it forward.”

• Carey sounded hopeful that linebacker Michael Santacaterina will play Saturday, and said the linebacker tried to give it a go against Akron.

“I would assume we’ll get something out of him this week,” Carey said.

• NIU did confirm the end zone cannon, which is fired after NIU scores a touchdown, was not used Saturday because of the government shutdown.

The cannon is operated by the Illinois National Guard, which is on furlough because of the shutdown.

• Carey said that despite Saturday’s performance, which saw the Huskies struggle offensively, there wasn’t any finger-pointing on the sidelines. He called it a sign of leadership.

“There can’t be any cracks in the dam,” Carey said. “You just have to be one solidified group, and they were. Albeit, frustrated, and then even more frustrated when we got in and watched the film.

“We stuck together, and we’re sticking together through this. We’re not pointing fingers right now.”

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