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    Tyrell Sutton Suffers Wrist Injury at Indiana

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tyrell Sutton scored his 37th career TD at Indiana on Saturday.
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    Tyrell Sutton scored his 37th career TD at Indiana on Saturday.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Oct. 25, 2008

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern running back Tyrell Sutton (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) suffered a wrist injury in Northwestern's Big Ten football game at Indiana Saturday afternoon.

    Sutton, who left the game in the middle of the third quarter, is expected to have surgery sometime this week. A timeline on his return is unknown at this time.

    "Just like a week ago with Malcolm (Arrington), it is difficult for our football family when you lose one of your leaders," said NU coach Pat Fitzgerald. "For someone who has first-hand experience with a major injury, I know how challenging this is for Tyrell.

    "But our football team will respond. We always talk to our team about being one play away, and now, Omar (Conteh) and the rest of our running backs will have an opportunity to step in and help our football team."

    Sutton, who was NU's leading rusher with 776 yards (97.0 ypg, 5.0 ypc) and fourth-leading receiver (30 receptions for 276 yards, 9.2 ypr) this season, totaled 3,772 career rushing yards (third all-time at NU) and 4,995 career all-purpose yards (second all-time). He also scored 37 career touchdowns (31 rushing, 6 receiving), one shy of NU's career mark.

    Sutton, regarded as one of the nation's top all-purpose backs and a 2008 Doak Walker Award candidate, led all active running backs nationally in receptions per game (3.7) and receiving yards per game (31.2). He was named the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year in 2005 and earned All-Big Ten honors in 2005 (second team), 2006 (honorable mention) and 2007 (honorable mention).