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Montana head coach Bobby Hauck jump as he celebrates a first down run from quarterback Dalton Sneed against Drake.

MISSOULA — Two of Montana's starters went down with injuries on Saturday and Grizzly football coach Bobby Hauck didn't have much to say about their respective statuses during his Monday press conference.

Senior wide receiver Keenan Curran left the field early in the second quarter against Drake, while appearing to be cautious with his right arm. Junior center Cody Meyer went down with an apparent right shoulder injury early in the third quarter. Both players went to the locker room after their respective injuries. 

"We'll produce a depth chart (Tuesday) and that's our best guess on who we'll have," Hauck said Monday regarding Curran and Meyer. "... We'll have to see as we move into tomorrow who can go and who can't."

He added of the offensive line: "We rep our two deep, so it's not like we'll put anybody in there that has significantly less experience. It's not like those guys are grizzled veterans."

No. 15 Montana's upcoming game this week is on the road against Western Illinois, a Missouri Valley team that advanced to the FCS playoffs last season. 

The Leathernecks are 0-2 heading into Saturday, but their nonconference slate has been tough. They started their season at Montana State, falling short after the Bobcats came back, and hit the road against the Big Ten's Illinois last week, leading for much of the way.

"If you're going to have a good season, you can't just win at home," Hauck said of the first road trip of the season. "We've talked a bit about that as a team. I'm excited to go on the field with these guys and see how they perform. We need to understand that it's a different environment when we go some place else but the field's the same size. It's 120 yards long and 53 wide."

This weekend will mark the first road trip for several Grizzlies, and Hauck is aware of that.

"We'll explain to them what the expectation is. I think everybody young or old knows what we want to do, what we want to get done and how we want to go about our business," Hauck said. "It's the first road trip for the veteran guys with a new way of doing business too. We'll talk through that in bits and pieces this week so when we get on the plane on Friday, everybody's ready for everything that transpires right up to kickoff.

"It should be pretty uniform to what we do here at home. Just like a week ago, everything was new. Everything will be a little bit new this time around but I think our guys will be fine."

Hauck is also ready to settle into some sort of a routine.

Week One is always different and last week was abnormal with Drake's first game of the season getting canceled. The Labor Day holiday made the routine change a bit too. 

"Last week was different without them having a game and Labor Day and all those things, no class," Hauck said. "This week will be how it is every week through the season and we need to be in that routine and everybody understand it if we want to have consistency. I think that will help."

Amie Just covers Griz football and Missoula-area preps. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at Amie.Just@406mtsports.com.

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