The carousel of injury talk between the media and Brady Hoke continues to spin madly on. Another week goes by and the status of Michigan's injured players continues to remain unknown.
The cat-and-mouse game continues, mostly from the head coach.
Michigan (2-1) had four starters miss last Saturday's game against Miami (Ohio). Three starters on defense and one on offense did not make the dress list. However, it didn't stop the Wolverines from coming away with a 34-10 victory against the RedHawks.
The biggest loss Michigan faced was arguably its most lethal threat on offense, Devin Funchess, who appeared to injure his ankle towards the end of the game against Notre Dame. Funchess was spotted on the sidelines without a cast and appeared to be moving fine.
Whether the move to shelve him for a week was precautionary or not, the status for Michigan's upcoming game against Utah (3:30 p.m., ABC or ESPN2) still remains as an unknown.
Staying true to his ways this season, Hoke kept injuries close to the vest.
"We're not going to talk about any of those guys who didn't play," Hoke said.
When asked why he has danced around the questions of injuries this season, he said it was because "he didn't feel like" discussing it.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Wolverines were missing two starting pieces to their defensive back group. Raymon Taylor (leg) and Jarrod Wilson (undisclosed), a somewhat of a surprise addition to the dress list. Although appearing as a starter on the video board pre-game, Jabrill Peppers did not get the start at nickel, which was given to Delonte Hollowell.
However, Peppers did see a majority of the snaps at the spot throughout the second half. Redshirt junior Blake Countess and sophomore Jourdan Lewis were the starting corners.
Senior linebacker Desmond Morgan, who had been wearing a cast since the Notre Dame game, continues to miss time with no set timetable to return. Although Hoke hasn't said otherwise, Morgan is expected to return at some point this season.
Michigan also suffered another addition to the injury list with redshirt freshman tight end Khalid Hill suffering a hamstring injury in the second quarter which prevented him to return to the field. Sophomore tight end Jake Butt, who replaced Hill in certain situations and scored a touchdown against Miami, informed the media of Hill's injury after the game. Hoke refused comment on the status of Hill.
"Did he have a hamstring?" Hoke said.