Western Michigan, fighting for a Mid-American Conference championship, is bracing for life without its starting quarterback for at least one week, and maybe a whole lot longer.
Junior Jon Wassink left Thursday night's 51-24 loss to Toledo early in the first quarter with a right foot injury. He underwent additional tests Friday morning, and while there is no break, he will miss at least one game, next week's contest against Ohio, an athletic-department spokesperson confirmed.
This is the second consecutive season Wassink, of Grand Rapids, has suffered a significant injury. He was limited to eight games last season because of a late-season broken collarbone.
Thursday's loss by Western was its first in MAC play, and snapped a six-game winning streak.
Wassink was replaced by freshman Kaleb Eleby, a Missouri native who had a wildly impressive collegiate debut. His first pass went for a 25-yard touchdown to another freshman, Jayden Reed; Eleby completed his first eight throws, and finished the game 23-for-28 for 293 yards, two touchdowns and a QB rating of 193.6.
Still, Toledo was too much, knocking Western Michigan (6-2, 4-1) to second place in the MAC West Division, a half-game behind Northern Illinois, which plays at BYU on Saturday afternoon before returning to conference play the following week at Akron.
Northern Illinois plays at Western Michigan on Nov. 20, in the regular-season finale. A spot in the MAC championship game, Nov. 30 at Ford Field, could be on the line.