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Tight end Tony Poljan officially out for New Mexico Bowl with foot injury


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Central Michigan tight end Tony Poljan watches the prep rally and battle of the bands at Old Town Main in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Jim McElwain listed starting junior tight end Tony Poljan as "questionable" for the New Mexico Bowl during his Wednesday press conference.

Even though Poljan made the trip, the 6-foot-7, 255-pound tight end is officially out for the 2 p.m. Saturday contest against San Diego State with a left foot injury, according to a Central Michigan spokesperson.

Replacing Poljan at tight end is sophomore Bernhard Raimann, who is 6-foot-7, 245 pounds. 

The Chippewas are also planning to use redshirt freshman Joel Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 228-pounder, in Poljan's role as a pass-catcher.

Raimann has caught eight passes for 46 yards, while Wilson has one catch for 7 yards in two games played – Week 1 against Albany and the Mid-American Conference championship game.

Poljan caught 33 passes for 496 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games this season in his first year since transitioning from quarterback.

Central Michigan is also without senior defensive tackle D'Andre Dill, who did not make the trip to Albuquerque. Suspended junior quarterback David Moore did not make the trip.

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