Minnesota WR Chris Autman-Bell (leg) out for the 2022 college football season

Minnesota wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell, a multi-year starter, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a leg injury in Saturday’s win over Colorado.

Autman-Bell, a sixth-year senior who led the receiving team in 2021, will undergo surgery, coach PJ Fleck announced Monday. Autman-Bell was injured on a non-contact play as he tried to catch a pass in the second quarter of Minnesota’s 49-7 win. He leads Minnesota in receptions (11) and receiving yards (214).

“He’s an important member of this football team,” Fleck said after the game. “I would be lying if I said he wasn’t one of the most integral parts of what we do and how we do it.”

Autman-Bell played 47 games for Minnesota and has 125 career catches for 1,970 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s had a reception in each of his last 41 games, the longest active streak in the FBS. Minnesota will ask the NCAA for a seventh year of eligibility for Autman-Bell but will leave it up to them to decide whether or not to play in 2023.

The Gophers are 3-0 and receive votes in both polls entering this week’s Big Ten opener at Michigan State. Wide receivers such as Michael Brown-Stephens, Clay Geary and Dylan Wright are expected to step in in Autman-Bell’s absence.

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