Toledo could limp into the Linc

Toledo could resemble a battered and bruised team in Saturday’s game against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field.

And here’s why.

Three starters – running back Adonis Thomas, linebacker Danny Molls and free safety Mark Singer – won’t play because of injuries.  Two more starters – cornerbacks Taikwon Paige and Desmond Marrow – are listed as questionable.

Thomas is out four to six weeks after breaking his arm in last week’s game against Syracuse. Molls will miss his fourth straight game with a leg injury. And Singer suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the preseason.

Marrow suffered a concussion against Syracuse.  Paige injured his hip and groin in the second game of the season against Ohio State. He came off the bench against Boise State, but sat out last week.

One positive for Toledo (1-3) is the return of linebacker Charles Rancifer, who sat out last week’s game with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Saturday's contest will be Temple's Mid-American Conference home opener. The Rockets, however, will be playing in their first conference game of the season.

The Owls head into the contest with 3-1 and 1-0 MAC records.