DeKALB – Northern Illinois football coach Thomas Hammock confirmed Tuesday at his weekly press conference that redshirt senior outside linebacker Antonio Jones-Davis and sophomore cornerback Antwain Walker both will miss the remainder of the season with injuries suffered in the Ohio game.
Hammock did not disclose the injuries suffered by Walker or Jones-Davis, although Davis was favoring one leg when he came off the field during the Ohio game.
“The most important thing is for [Jones-Davis] is to continue to get healthy and have a chance to continue playing football if that is what he chooses to do.”
As a redshirt senior who has played in seven games this season, Jones-Davis will not have a chance at a sixth year with the Huskies. He was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference performer a season ago. This season, Jones-Davis is second on the Huskies with 51 tackles and leads the team with six tackles for loss.
Hammock also confirmed that quarterback Ross Bowers is in the concussion protocol after hitting his head on the field in the second quarter against Miami.
“There’s a protocol for it, and that’s where he’s at,” Hammock said.
Hammock did not confirm or deny that Jones-Davis or Walker underwent any type of surgery or procedure.
“I’m not going to get into that,” Hammock said. “That’s between the medical staff and those players.”
The Huskies already were missing injured senior middle linebacker Kyle Pugh for the season and outside linebacker Lance Deveaux Jr. No timetable has been given for Deveaux’s injury. Pugh has told the Daily Chronicle he expects to be back next season.
Dealing with significant, season-ending injuries has been an unfortunate reality for the Huskies all season and dating back to fall camp.
“I put a tweet out; nobody cares. Work harder,” Hammock said. “That’s what it is. Nobody cares. You think Akron cares what injuries we have? No, they don’t. What we have to do is we have to go out there, and we have to practice and get better with the guys that we have, and we have to get better.”
Senior defensive tackle Ben LeRoy is no stranger to the injury bug, missing the Nebraska and Vanderbilt games after going through the concussion protocol.
“We’ve been just fine,” LeRoy said. “Whoever has been on the field has stepped up because they know that’s their opportunity, and they’ve all been ready for it.”
Hammock confirmed that suspensions were dealt with internally for several players. Jordan Cole and Tyrice Richie, both of who missed the Miami game due to suspensions, are not listed on the depth chart for this weekend’s Homecoming game against Akron.
Hammock noted in a postgame interview after the Miami game that he would consult with a leadership council about suspended players.
“They made a decision on some things that we talked about and for us, discipline issues we’ll handle internally,” Hammock said. “Then we’ll move forward.”
Correction: The headline was corrected to show that a suspension only for Jordan Cole was in effect for the Akron game.