Michigan starters Desmond Morgan (head), Stephen Hopkins (hamstring) battling injuries for UMass game
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan coach Brady Hoke unveiled two new injuries Friday night, both of which impact starters.
Hoke said in a video released by the school that sophomore linebacker Demond Morgan has "a little bit of a head problem" and junior fullback Stephen Hopkins is "struggling a little bit with a hamstring."
Michigan already has lost starting cornerback Blake Countess (ACL) for the season, and Hoke confirmed neither tight end Brandon Moore (MCL) nor defensive end Brennen Beyer (knee) will play Saturday against UMass (3:30 p.m., BTN).
Hoke didn't offer a status update on Morgan and Hopkins. But given that Michigan is playing lowly UMass, and that Hoke typically doesn't release injury information unless it impacts a game, it's possible one or both players will be limited against the Minutemen.
Morgan, a sophomore, has started at weak-side linebacker since last season. He recorded 63 tackles, including four for loss, and one fumble recovery as a freshman.
He recorded 15 tackles in two games this year, although now is engaged in a battle with true freshman James Ross for playing time at that position. Ross played during several key sequences last week against Air Force.
Morgan remains the listed starter at the position, but Ross is expected to receive snaps as well -- whether or not Morgan is healthy.
Hopkins, a junior, is in his first full season as a fullback after making the move from tailback in the middle of last year. He has 48 career carries for 194 yards and four touchdowns.
He has yet to carry the ball this year.
Hopkins' backup on the depth chart is redshirt freshman walk-on Joe Kerridge, who has yet to see game action for Michigan.
The Wolverines are expected to have a comfortable matchup this week against UMass, a game for which they are favored by 45.5 points. The Minutemen, in their first season as an FBS member, are off to an 0-2 start after being routed by UConn and Indiana.
Awaiting next week, though, is No. 20 Notre Dame, and good health will become more of a priority.