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Bison without key players, including Christian Watson, for SIU playoff game

North Dakota State star receiver and NFL prospect Christian Watson out with hamstring injury

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North Dakota State wide receiver Christian Watson is out for Saturday's game against Southern Illinois in the second round of the Division I FCS playoffs. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum
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FARGO — North Dakota State will be without one of the most dynamic players in the FCS for its second round playoff game against Southern Illinois today. Wide receiver Christian Watson suffered an apparent leg injury this week in practice.

Bison head coach Matt Entz told Bison 1660 radio that Watson was sidelined with a hamstring injury he's been dealing with for a few weeks.

The flu may also play a part in NDSU's lineup. Starting linebacker Jasir Cox and key defensive line backup Will Mostaert are also out. That would make a starter of sophomore linebacker Cole Wisniewski, who has turned in some key games in a backup role this season.

The Salukis aren't without injury problems, either. Receiver Avante Cox, who has 43 receptions for 739 yards and five touchdowns, was hurt late in the team's first round playoff win over South Dakota last weekend and was not dressed.

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  • Experience has been gold for Bison QB Cam Miller Grasp of the offense way different than the last time Miller faced Southern Illinois.
  • Game Day notebook: Bison offensive line went back to the basics late in season Offense 'chiseled down' playbook in attempt to eliminate some of the elaborate schemes of an offense.
  • Bison Game Day: For Bob Clark, 500 Bison games in a row has been a nationwide quest What started in 1983 has taken the Fargo resident to 24 states and multiple destinations in the name of NDSU football.
  • McFeely: Five things to watch in the Bison-Southern Illinois game The Salukis whipped NDSU 38-14 in the spring to end the Bison's FCS record 39-game winning streak and have spent the week reminding everyone that personnel on the two teams is pretty much the same. NDSU's players remember the spring game, too, and it's obvious the loss grates on them.
  • Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Southern Illinois game preview The Salukis and Bison will meet for a spot in next week's FCS quarterfinals.
  • WATCH: Bison GameDay Pregame Show The WDAY Bison GameDay Pregame Show was live at 10 a.m. from the Fargodome.
  • McFeely: Bison players know the score when it comes to game against Southern Illinois Salukis walloped NDSU in spring game, which Bison coach downplays but players apparently don't
  • Bison feel fresh, healed up heading into playoff game against Southern Illinois NDSU expects starting fullback/running back Hunter Luepke back to full speed.
  • Southern Illinois receiver Cox confident as Salukis head into 2nd-round FCS playoff matchup against Bison Southern Illinois wide receiver Avante Cox is coming off a 10-catch performance in the first round of the Division I FCS playoffs.

The 2:30 p.m. kickoff can only been seen on ESPN-plus.

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