This season Michigan coach Brady Hoke has been criticized regularly for many things, but one bell which never fails to ring is the one concerning injury information. That’s the stuff we want at press conferences. With a whole load of endured injuries in the young season, we wouldn’t mind having some injury information at our disposal, mostly for our peace of mind. So at Wednesday’s press conference, Hoke finally addressed this in decent length.
“We’re not going to talk about injuries and I might as well bring that out now,” Hoke said in his opening statement. “And some of that is because you can say something about something and then you’re wrong. Everybody heals a little differently, and the other thing is for our kids. I want to make sure we’re doing a good job protecting them.”
This is understandable. In Michigan’s opener against Appalachian State on Aug. 30, true freshman cornerback Jabrill Peppers injured his ankle. Following the game, Hoke expressed optimism toward his recovery, saying Peppers would be available to start the following week against Notre Dame. But when Peppers didn’t see a single snap against the Irish, it became clear that Hoke’s words came back to bite him, as his coveted freshman dealt with further complications with his ankle and wasn’t ready to go.
Hoke didn’t offer much of an explanation, but it will suffice. After all, it isn’t like holding injury information away from the public is a new concept; it’s a very common practice, and part of our frustration with the decision can be chalked up to our overall anger concerning the program and the direction in which it’s heading.
For this Saturday’s game against Utah, the general assumption is that Devin Funchess, Raymon Taylor and Jarrod Wilson will be game-time decisions, while linebacker Desmond Morgan probably won’t see the field for the third straight week as he deals with an arm injury.