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Gophers lose Shannon Brooks to non-contact leg injury

He needs surgery and will miss the entire season.
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Gophers running back Shannon Brooks suffered a lower-leg injury during a non-contact drill and will miss the entire 2018 season, Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck announced Tuesday. 

The injury, which Fleck said happened at the end of winter workouts, will require surgery. The senior-to-be will redshirt this season and return for a final year of football in 2019. 

It's a significant loss simply because Brooks, when healthy, has been a dynamic runner the Gophers. 

Injuries limited Brooks to just 79 carries for 383 yards (4.7 average) and 5 touchdowns last season. 

With Brooks out and Kobe McCrary graduated, Minnesota is down to just one of its top three rushers from a season ago. Fortunately, it's their leading rusher, Rodney Smith, who amassed 977 yards on the ground as a junior and more than 1,500 yards as a sophomore in 2016. 

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