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Big Ten Championship Injury Report: Star CB Will Johnson is questionable

The Wolverines are headed to Indy relatively healthy, but could be without star CB Will Johnson.

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The Michigan Wolverines and Iowa Hawkeyes square off in the Big Ten Championship for the second time in three years in just a couple hours, and both teams have made it to Indianapolis relatively unscathed.

However, star cornerback Will Johnson is listed as “questionable” for tonight’s matchup. Here is this week’s injury report for the Wolverines.

Out

  • Linebacker Jimmy Rolder
  • Guard Zak Zinter

Questionable

  • Center Drake Nugent
  • Cornerback Will Johnson

Johnson suffered a lower-body injury in practice last week leading up to The Game against Ohio State. He played in that game and had a huge interception to set up Michigan’s first touchdown of the game. He later left the game due to the injury, but he told reporters earlier this week that he is doing everything he can to play in the Big Ten title.

“I mean, my best ability is availability, so trying to be available is the biggest thing and trying to be at my best health is the biggest thing, too,” Johnson said. “So I’m going to do whatever I can to be out there on Saturday, but if that’s not the case, then I’ll be back the next time we play.”

It’s reassuring that if he doesn’t play that he will be available for the College Football Playoff. With Iowa boasting a, to put it lightly, not-so-great pass attack, it wouldn’t be the worst thing if Johnson misses this game. However, he is a competitor and is going to be on the field if his body allows him.

Meanwhile, Nugent is also listed as questionable. It’s unknown what he is exactly dealing with and when he sustained this injury, but it’d be a big loss for Michigan if he’s unable to play. He hasn’t allowed a sack all season and has allowed only one quarterback pressure, according to Pro Football Focus. If he can’t play, Greg Crippen would likely be the next man up.

Michigan vs. Iowa kicks off around 8:15 p.m. on FOX.