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Jim Harbaugh has ‘no update’ on Ronnie Bell injury, Mike Sainristil in line for expanded role

The sophomore wide receiver was injured in Saturday night’s game against Notre Dame.

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Ronnie Bell has had a rough few weeks for Michigan football even with this past Saturday providing a 45-14 victory for his team. The sophomore wide receiver left the game with what appeared to be a lower body injury and spent most of the second quarter getting worked on the training table.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked about any updates he may have for his wideout and he said that he had nothing to share.

“No update on Ronnie,” Harbaugh said during his weekly press conference from Schembechler Hall.

Bell is Michigan’s leading receiver on the season with 26 catches for 452 yards. He had only a single catch for nine yards in the win over the Irish.

The next in line to step in for Michigan would be true freshman Mike Sainristil, who had three catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night’s game. Harbaugh said on Monday that Sainristil has gained a lot of confidence in catching the football after a bit of a slump earlier this year.

“Mike really made the most of his opportunities, no question. Made a big third-down catch early in the game, which was great to see, it was tough to catch the ball at that point,” Harbaugh said. “It was really raining in the first half. The touchdown was terrific. He got wide open and Shea found him for a big gain as well. Those three catches made a big impact. I also thought he blocked well. Was hustling around, really seeing a lot of growth from Mikey.

“The last four weeks, especially, in practice, he’s really gained a lot of confidence in catching the football. He’s always been really good at route running. He went through a little spell there where he wasn’t catching the ball great. Now his confidence is back and surging.”

Of course, the Wolverines also have a trio of wide receivers in Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins and Tarik Black that could be in line for some more action, as well.

Next up for the Wolverines is a trip to Maryland on Saturday afternoon in a noon kickoff on ABC.