Both programs will be without multiple players when Cincinnati takes on Temple tomorrow. Check out an updated injury report as receiver Ian Stewart won’t be available for the Owls on Saturday evening.
Stewart went down with a foot injury a month ago and is likely going to miss the rest of the year. Prior to the injury, Stewart totaled 76 receiving yards and two touchdowns on seven catches in five games.
Temple will lean on several other playmakers against Cincinnati including senior wide receiver Jose Barbon, former Georgia Tech receiver Adonicas Sanders, tight end David Martin-Robinson and more.
In addition to Stewart being ruled out, linebacker Tra Thomas is expected to miss the matchup this week. Thomas is currently listed as questionable but hasn’t played in five games with an undisclosed injury.
Cincinnati Football: Temple wide receiver Ian Stewart ruled out against the Bearcats
Luke Fickell’s team is much more healthy than it was a month ago with the return of defensive end Jabari Taylor and wide receiver Will Pauling but a few other players will remain sidelined on Saturday.
Senior defensive end Malik Vann has been out since mid September with a pectoral injury and it’s had a significant impact on the front seven, putting more pressure on the linebackers to produce consistently.
In order to reach a fourth straight AAC championship, the pass rush must continue to make plays. Senior linebacker Wilson Huber discussed the injuries in a recent press conference per Cincinnati Athletics.
"“The same expectation is with the linebackers. With injuries that we’ve had, the guys stepped up and have done an incredible job. It’s not like we’re playing with our hands tied behind our back. We have expectations to go out, make plays and be leaders of the defense. It really hasn’t changed. The guys up front have done an absolutely incredible job and without them, we wouldn’t be having the season that we are.”"