Northwestern has lost starting cornerback Daniel Jones for the season with a torn ACL, coach Pat Fitzgerald said.
Jones, a junior, was injured in the first half of the Wildcats' victory over California.
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Jones (5-feet-11, 185 pounds) was part of a Northwestern secondary that returned three starters. He almost certainly will be replaced in the starting lineup by redshirt freshman Dwight White (5-10, 185), who had seven tackles against Cal.
Fitzgerald also said starting quarterback Kain Colter and starting tailback Venric Mark might play Saturday against visiting Syracuse. Mark has a lower-extremity injury, while Colter is believed to have suffered a concussion early against Cal. Fitzgerald said both are "day-to-day."
Backup tailback Treyvon Green rushed for 129 yards and two TDs in place of Mark in the opener. Trevor Siemian threw for 276 yards and a score after coming on for Colter. Siemian made one start and played extensively last season behind Colter; he is considered the better passer of the two.