Injury roundup: Michigan to get back Desmond Morgan, but without others for Notre Dame
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan should get back at least one injured starter for its rivalry game against Notre Dame.
But it'll play without a few others.
Wolverines coach Brady Hoke said Monday that starting linebacker Desmond Morgan "should" return for Saturday's game against the 11th-ranked Fighting Irish (7:30 p.m., NBC) after sitting out last week against UMass with a head injury.
Morgan, a sophomore, is in his second year as the starter at weak-side linebacker. His backup, true freshman James Ross, has been challenging for the position and it's not a given that Morgan will be back in the lineup when he returns.
While Morgan will return, Michigan will continue to play without starting tight end Brandon Moore. The senior injured his MCL in the opener against Alabama and hasn't played the past two weeks.
Senior Mike Kwiatkowski and true freshman Devin Funchess started against UMass in Moore's place. Both caught passes, and Funchess opened the Wolverines' scoring with a 26-yard touchdown reception.
Funchess is now Michigan's third-leading receiver with six catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
Other injury notes:
Fullback Stephen Hopkins: Hoke said the starter "maybe" will play this week after sitting out against UMass with a hamstring injury. Redshirt freshman walk-on Joe Kerridge started in his place.
Defensive end Brennen Beyer: Hoke said he is "not sure" whether Beyer will play this week. He's battling a knee injury. Sophomore Frank Clark started here against UMass and received almost all of the snaps before starters gave way to the second unit.
Richard Ash: Hoke said the reserve defensive lineman should return this week. His injury has not been specified.
Out for the year: CB Blake Countess (ACL), DL Chris Wormley (ACL), LB Kaleb Ringer (knee), OL Chris Bryant (Fractured leg).