X-rays Monday confirmed that St. John’s quarterback Connor Bruns has a separated throwing shoulder, meaning the Johnnies starting quarterback will miss this week’s Homecoming game against St. Olaf and likely at least his team’s game at Augsburg on Oct. 6 as well.
Bruns was in a sling at practice Tuesday watching as his team began preparations for the Oles.
“This is the first practice I’ve missed in college,” said Bruns, who has thrown for 907 yards and six touchdowns in his team’s first four games. “It’s pretty tough to be out here watching.”
Offensive coordinator Jim Gagliardi said the team is not likely to announce which quarterback will start in Bruns’ place Saturday against the Oles. It’s possible freshman Nick Martin and Mitch Hendricks and senior John Ries could all see time. All three took some reps with the first-team offense Tuesday.
Ries came on in relief when Bruns was hurt Saturday. But it was Martin who played the last portion of the fourth quarter, finishing with 153 yards passing and throwing a pair of touchdown passes that cut a 24-point Concordia lead to just 10.
“They each have a lot of strengths and they each have things they do well,” Gagliardi said.
Wide receiver Max Forster also sat out practice Tuesday after spraining his left ankle against the Cobbers. But he said the sprain is not severe and he plans to try taping the ankle and practicing Wednesday.
Defensive back Dylan Graves also sat out Tuesday with a sprained left ankle. But he too expects to be ready to play Saturday.
There was good news on the injury front Tuesday as starting offensive tackle Pete Schwarz returned to practice. Schwarz has missed the past two games after separating a shoulder in a win at Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Sept. 8. But he is expected to play against St. Olaf Saturday.
Also spoke with running back Steve Johnson after practice about the team’s struggling running game. The Johnnies have just 50 yards rushing total the past two weeks. You can check out the Johnson interview by following me on Twitter at @rajko1973.