Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan is 'fine,' Blake Countess to have surgery in next two weeks
ANN ARBOR -- The Michigan football team lost one starter for the season against Alabama on Saturday.
But fortunately for the Wolverines, there weren't any other massive setbacks.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke told reporters Monday that starting left tackle Taylor Lewan is good to go this week against Air Force after injuring his leg against the Crimson Tide.
"Lewan is fine," said Hoke, who will already be without without starting cornerback Blake Countess the rest of the season. "I think it was more of a bruise."
The 6-foot-8, 309-pound Lewan, who is widely considered Michigan's best offensive lineman, went down late in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury, and had to be helped off the field.
After the game, Lewan was noticeably favoring his right leg as he was helped by staff members into the Wolverine locker room. He has made 16 straight starts for Michigan.
The injury wasn't Lewan's only concern Saturday, as he was flagged for three penalties. Asked how he thought Lewan played against Alabama, Hoke said he wasn't worried.
"I thought he (really) had probably one penalty (that should have been called)," Hoke said. "I thought he played well. I thought he played with a lot of heart and toughness.
"Things you like players to play with."
As for the rest of the roster, Hoke said Michigan will likely play without starting tight end Brandon Moore this week against Air Force.
"Brandon Moore probably will be out this week," Hoke said. "It's an MCL issue, it's not torn or anything, but I think it's stretched.
"We'll see how his goes."
After Moore was injured Saturday, Michigan mainly used fifth-year senior Mike Kwiatkowski (6-foot-5, 262) for the remainder of the game.
Moving forward, Michigan's tight end rotation will feature Kwiatkowski -- a former walk-on -- as well as freshmen A.J. Williams (6-foot-6, 283) and Devin Funchess (6-foot-4, 229).
Earlier in the day Monday, Hoke and the program confirmed that starting cornerback Blake Countess would be lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
Hoke added Monday that Countess will likely receive surgery on the injury at some point within the next two weeks.
With Countess out of action, Hoke said he will turn to junior Courtney Avery as a starting cornerback opposite senior J.T. Floyd. Avery will be backed up by sophomore Raymon Taylor.