Defensive back and lineman hurt in Saturday’s scrimmage

From staff Reports

Two Northwestern football players sustained injuries at Saturday’s scrimmage that will put them out of commission for a while.

Defensive lineman Salem Simon tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. It’s expected to take him about four to six months to recover and it’s likely he will miss part of the season.

Simon started all 11 games last season, recording 32 tackles and one sack. His injury further depletes a thin front line, which saw Jeff Dyra sign with the Cleveland Browns and Darryl Hodge leave the team for personal reasons.

Raheem Covington, who saw action in 10 games last season at defensive back, sprained his left ankle and will sit for about four to six weeks.

Covington totaled 15 tackles and broke up two passes last season. He is second on the depth chart at the right cornerback position behind Shegun Cummings-John.