Noah Cain and John Reid Expected Play At Minnesota, Per James Franklin

By Nick Polak on November 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm
Oct 5, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Noah Cain (21) carries the ball against Purdue Boilermakers safety Navon Mosley (27) during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium.
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After they each suffered injuries against Michigan State before the bye week, running back Noah Cain and cornerback John Reid are both expected to play when the Nittany Lions travel to Minneapolis to take on the undefeated Gophers, per James Franklin.

Cain, who was seen limping, left the Michigan State game very early after being in for the first two drives of the game. Reid left the game after suffering what looked like a wrist injury, but then appeared on the exercise bike on the sideline a bit later, so it's hard to know what he was actually dealing with.

In either case, Penn State will greatly benefit from having them both on the field in their showdown of the unbeaten. Cain leads all rushers on the team with 350 yards on 68 carries (5.1 yards per carry), and has six touchdowns to his name, as well. He has been an instrumental part of Penn State's ability to close out games with their offense on the field, as he has shined in late-game situations.

Reid is tied for the lead on defense with two interceptions to go with his five passes defended, 15 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a sack. He also brought one of those interceptions all the way back for a touchdown. He's been incredibly consistent and is arguably playing the best football of his career.

Penn State (8-0) is set to take on Minnesota (8-0) on Saturday, Nov. 9, with kickoff scheduled for 12:00 noon ET on ABC.