Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh took to the podium on Monday for his weekly press conference and updated a handful of injuries heading into the game this Saturday against Iowa.
The most notable update once again comes in the form of a quarterback ailment, in this case Dylan McCaffrey. The backup quarterback suffered a concussion in the game against Wisconsin and did not suit up last week against Rutgers. As of now, it is possible that he can return to practice this week, but Harbaugh calls him “doubtful” for Saturday’s game against Iowa. This would of course set up Joe Milton to be the backup for the second week in a row.
Joining McCaffrey in a doubtful designation is linebacker Josh Ross, who remains sidelined. Tight end Sean McKeon’s rehab is coming along quicker than Harbaugh and company may have expected, but he is expected to be sidelined for a bit, as well.
Harbaugh also said that quarterback Shea Patterson was limited last week in practice, but that they never saw signs of that in Saturday’s game. Wide receiver Nico Collins missed a few days of practice last week with strep throat, but bounced back nicely to play against Rutgers. His fellow wideout, Donovan Peoples-Jones, was mentioned as someone who might not quite be 100 percent yet, but that played well last weekend.
The health of running back Zach Charbonnet was also questioned, to which Harbaugh brushed off injury concerns and said that the reason for his limited carries has to do with a concern over the workload he had in the Army game when he had 33 carries.