Northwestern’s Persa to play against Michigan



EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa is expected to play against No. 12 Michigan on Saturday.

Coach Pat Fitzgerald says Persa is “great, he’s ready to go” after leaving last week’s 38-35 loss at Illinois because of soreness in his right foot near the Achilles tendon he ruptured last November. The senior took himself out after a hit in the fourth quarter, spoiling what had been an impressive season debut.

Sidelined the first three games, he threw for a career-high four touchdowns as the Wildcats built an 18-point lead.

While Persa appears ready to go, Fitzgerald said Monday at his weekly news conference that running back Mike Trumpy will miss the rest of the season after being carted off the field with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.