Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego said Tuesday that wide receivers Jesse Kroll and Eric Cooper will each require surgery and will miss the rest of the season. Kroll suffered a knee injury in the Chippewas’ 49-35 loss at Virginia on Saturday, while Cooper’s ailment was undisclosed. CMU broadcaster Adam Jaksa reported the news.
Kroll, a sixth-year senior, had caught 13 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown on the year prior to going down. He’s been at Central Michigan since 2011, but has already had to endure two other season-ending injuries. He suffered a broken arm during his first training camp with the school in 2011, and an ankle injury ended his redshirt sophomore campaign prematurely, as well. For his career, Kroll has caught 117 passes for 1,770 yards and nine touchdowns. His finest season came in 2015 when he hauled in 61 balls for 866 yards and four scores, all career-highs.
Cooper, a junior, has caught 13 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown in two seasons at Central Michigan. He had three receptions for 30 yards in the last game against Virginia.
The Chippewas’ offense already took a massive hit in August when potential starting running back Romello Ross tore his ACL in practice and was lost for the year.
Central Michigan got off to a 3-o start this season prior to the aforementioned setback against Virginia. They’ll take their banged-up offense into Saturday’s game against arch rival Western Michigan (4-0) at home on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 7:00pm ET.