UPDATE #2 7:55 p.m.: It appears there was some mass confusion earlier and David Fluellen is dressed now and on the field per Paul Helgren, Toledo's Associate Athletic Director of Communications:
Could this have been a mind game? Will he actually play? Tune in to find out.
UPDATE 7:13 p.m.: Contrary to initial reports it appears Toledo running back David Fluellen is NOT expected to play tonight vs. No. 16 Northern Illinois.
Fluellen appears out for this one. Wearing a hat and regular pants on the sideline.— Ryan Autullo (@AutulloBlade) November 21, 2013
Fluellen is NOT dressed.— I. Collegian Sports (@IC_Sports) November 21, 2013
This will mark the third straight game the Rocekts' leading rusher has missed with a nagging ankle injury.
Toledo's leading rusher, David Fluellen, is expected to play tonight vs. No. 16 Northern Illinois per reports by WTOL Sports Director Dan Cummins.
Ready for UT NIU game.. Matt Campbell says tb David Fluellen looked good in practice all week and should play..— Dan Cummins (@DanCummins11) November 20, 2013
The senior running back hasn't played since Oct. 26 in the Rockets 28-25 win over rival Bowling Green when he left the game after three carries with an ankle injury. Fluellen was expected to play last week against Buffalo, but was ruled out at the last minute.
He currently has 1,067 yards on the season and is 7th in the nation with an average of 133 yards per game. He has 10 touchdowns and is averaging 7 yards per carry.