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Injury Report: No Hamilton Against Penn State

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Rutgers released its weekly injury report on Monday, giving us an idea of who will and who will not be playing in the primetime matchup against Penn State on Saturday night.

Among those who will not be participating is defensive tackle Darius Hamilton.

The specifics of Hamilton's injury are still unknown, other than the fact it is a lower body injury of some sort. For now, he remains week-to-week, but it's becoming evident that this is a somewhat serious injury.

Some speculated the team might have just been saving Hamilton's return for Penn State, instead of playing him at less than 100% against Norfolk State or Washington State. But it's all hands on deck for this game, and Hamilton is still out. It's a shame, because it would have been interesting to see how Hamilton faired against Penn State's questionable offensive line.

In more positive news, John Tsimis (lower body) is listed as probable, and is expected to make his season debut against the Nittany Lions. Tsimis' return couldn't come a moment too soon, as he'll provide depth at wide receiver as the Scarlet Knights look to fill the potential void left by Leonte Carroo, whose status for Saturday's game is up in the air.

Along with Tsimis, running back Paul James (lower body), defensive end Kemoko Turay (upper body) and defensive back Ronnie James (lower body) are listed as probable, and should be suited up on Saturday.

Punter Tim Gleeson (lower body), defensive back Brian Verbitski (lower body) and defensive back Talib Abdur-Ra'oof (lower body) have all been deemed questionable.

In addition to Hamilton, the following players have already been ruled out for the Penn State game: Tight end George Behr (lower body), wide receiver Jawuan Harris (lower body), wide receiver Dontae Owens (lower body), running back Desmond Peoples (upper body), linebacker Nick Rafferty (upper body), linebacker Austin Rosa (lower body), running back Charles Snorweah (upper body), linebacker T.J. Taylor (lower body) and offensive lineman Jacquis Webb (lower body).