Rutgers senior linebacker Jamal Merrell will miss his third consecutive game when the Scarlet Knights play SMU on Saturday.
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Merrell (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) has missed wins over Eastern Michigan and Arkansas with what coach Kyle Flood has called a "kidney issue" without getting into specifics.
Merrell was seen as a potential third-day draft pick before the season. He runs well and has good size, and had been especially good against the run, though his pass-rush and coverage skills need work.
Merrell was third on the team in tackles (83) and fourth in tackles for loss (8.5) last season.
Sophomore Quentin Gause (6-1, 220) will start in Merrell's place. He is fourth on the team with 21 tackles and is tied for the team lead with 4.5 tackles for loss.