One of the biggest concerns Michigan had walking out of its final meeting with Notre Dame was a whole slew of injuries that seem to be piling up on each other right now. Linebacker Desmond Morgan had his right arm in a cast and sling during Saturday’s contest with the Irish; cornerback Jabrill Peppers sat out with an ankle injury, even after Brady Hoke sounded optimistic about his return earlier in the week; receiver Devin Funchess took an awkward spill towards the end of the game and looked uncomfortable when he returned; and cornerback Raymon Taylor left the game in the first quarter, went back to the locker room and did not return to the field.
Monday’s press conference in the Crisler Center offered little to no insight to these injuries.
Hoke noted that Peppers and Taylor are going to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, and he said he would publicly declare a player to be out for the season, which then apparently is not the case for Morgan. Hoke also did say Funchess is “fine” and confirmed that Devin Gardner wasn’t injured as a result of the aggressive late hit he took on Saturday night.
As Hoke lays out some very fuzzy details, we’re left to speculate about just how serious a few of these injuries are. Peppers took part in the pre-game warmup at Notre Dame and reportedly looked fine while doing so, but he was no where to be seen when the game kicked off, and it remained like that for the entire 60 minutes. His absence, as well as that of Taylor, in the secondary made for a blissful night for Everett Golson through the air.
Hopefully more information will be made available in the coming days. Although none of these injuries appear to be too serious, there are some key components banged up right now, and the lack of reassurance is beginning to be troublesome for many.