Gophers starting running back Trey Potts was released from an Indiana hospital on Friday and is traveling back to Minnesota, a source told the Pioneer Press.
Potts stayed under medical supervision for six nights after an upper-body ailment came up during the Gophers’ 20-13 victory over Purdue last Saturday in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Potts had a 6-yard carry for a first down with three minutes left in Saturday’s game. He popped up after the rush and went back into the huddle before being subbed out as the Gophers went to their wildcat package.
On the sideline, Potts soon was taken to the injury tent and then carted off the field before being transported to a nearby hospital. Three Gophers officials, including Athletics Director Mark Coyle, stayed in Indiana with Potts on Saturday night.
On Monday, the U said Potts’ “condition is improving and he is doing well.” With family present, he remained in a hospital for four more nights.
Given Potts’ hospitalization, there should be tempered expectations for when he might be able to return to the field. The Gophers are off this week, and head coach P.J. Fleck has not spoken to the media, which is standard during an idle week.
After Big Ten running back of the year Mo Ibrahim went down with an Achilles injury, Potts became the starter, rushing 112 times for 552 yards and six touchdowns.
The new backup has been true freshman Mar’Keise Irving, who has 25 carries for 112 yards. No other healthy running back — Bryce Williams, Ky Thomas and Cam Wiley — has more than seven carries this season.
The Gophers return to Big Ten play against Nebraska at 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at Huntington Bank Stadium.