Gophers starting running back Trey Potts won’t return the 2021 season, head coach P.J. Fleck said Monday.

Fleck declined to talk about the specific nature of Potts’ issue, which is his standard practice for all players, but Fleck called the situation “really scary” and “unfortunate.”

Potts had a six-night stay in hospital in Indiana last week after an upper-body ailment was discovered in the fourth quarter of the Gophers’ 20-13 victory over Purdue on Oct. 2 in West Lafayette, Ind. He was released Friday and traveled back to Minnesota.