Jim Harbaugh spoke to the media on Monday afternoon from Schembechler Hall in Ann Arbor and updated a handful of injuries from Saturday’s 35-14 loss at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers.
The most notable is No. 2 quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, who suffered a concussion on a big hit from Badgers safety Reggie Pearson in the third quarter. Harbaugh said that he is doubtful for this week’s game and that Joe Milton will be the backup to Shea Patterson, who he said was probably to play, throughout game prep leading up to Saturday.
Tight end Sean McKeon was also injured during Saturday’s game on a touchdown grab where it looked like he overextended his leg. Harbaugh said that he is also considered doubtful for this weekend’s contest.
Other odds and ends injuries mentioned were to defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour, who “should be able to play,” while running backs Zach Charbonnet (‘in a good place’) and Tru Wilson (‘possible to get Tru back’) also had their statuses addressed ahead of Saturday’s game.
McCaffrey’s injury is of course a blow after the Wolverines lost another promising young quarterback to a head injury in Madison, much like they did two years ago when Brandon Peters was knocked out of the game. He was never the same guy and wound up transferring to Illinois. McCaffrey may still be the future at quarterback, but the present is Patterson and Milton for the time being after taking the nasty hit.