CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Ahead of the No. 16 Michigan football team’s matchup against Illinois, The Michigan Insider on 247Sports breaks down the latest in the Wolverines’ injury news and notes. As it turns out, several key Michigan players will be out for Saturday’s game.
Senior cornerback Lavert Hill, junior receiver Nico Collins and freshman tight end are all surprising absences from Saturday’s game. A Michigan spokesperson noted that Hill and Collins are dealing with “minor” injuries, while All’s injury status is unclear.
On the other side, several players whose statuses were uncertain heading into the game made the trip and could be available to play.
Senior tight end Sean McKeon made the trip to Champaign, and is expected to play in Saturday’s game. McKeon’s last play was his touchdown reception at Wisconsin, where he appeared to hyperextend his knee. His injury was never specified, but he did make the trip and could be poised to play.
Slightly less certain but also possible to play is backup quarterback Dylan McCaffrey. Similar to McKeon, McCaffrey was hurt in the second half of Michigan’s loss at Wisconsin, where he was on the receiving end of a targeting penalty and suffered a concussion. He warmed up Saturday morning, but it is uncertain if him traveling means that he will play, but Michigan kept the possibility open.
The defensive end, despite playing possibly the best game last week in a 2.5-sack effort against Iowa’s elite offensive tackles, appeared to suffer a lame hamstring late in the game. Harbaugh said that Paye told him he would be fine on Saturday, but neither Michigan’s head coach nor Paye’s teammates would specify if he returned to practice in full this week.
One player definitely ruled out for Saturday is junior linebacker Josh Ross, who has missed the last three games due to a lower-body injury. Ross has been seen around Michigan’s practice facilities wearing a walking boot, while Cam McGrone and Jordan Glasgow have excelled at linebacker.
Stay tuned for more updates as warmups continue.
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