Northwestern's Sutton to undergo wrist surgery after leaving Indiana game

Updated: October 26, 2008, 12:22 AM ET
Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern running back Tyrell Sutton is expected to undergo surgery on his wrist this week and is out indefinitely after being injured during the Wildcats' 21-19 loss at Indiana on Saturday.

Sutton ran for 77 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game in the middle of the third quarter.

The Big Ten's Freshman of the Year in 2005, Sutton leads the Wildcats (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) with 776 yards rushing and is fourth on the team with 30 receptions for 276 yards.

"For someone who has firsthand experience with a major injury, I know how challenging this is for Tyrell," coach Pat Fitzgerald said in a statement. "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."

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