Gophers announce defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. to miss remainder of season

The Minnesota Golden Gophers congratulate teammate Antoine Winfield Jr. #11 on an interception in the end zone against the Fresno State Bulldogs during the fourth quarter of the game on September 8, 2018. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

University of Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck announced Sunday that defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr., will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an injury in the first quarter at Maryland on Saturday. 

"We are heartbroken for Antoine," Coach P.J Fleck said in a release. "Like Rodney Smith, I know he will keep his oar in the water, keep moving forward and will work tirelessly to return to the field next season. We believe Antoine meets the waiver requirement for a sixth year of eligibility and we will file that waiver with the NCAA at the conclusion of the season."

A granted waiver would mean that Winfield, who will have foot surgery on Monday, will have three years of eligibility remaining (2019, 2020 and 2021).