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Posted on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 : 7:08 p.m.

It's magic: Carlos Brown not on Michigan's injury report

By Dave Birkett

Michigan released its official injury report Thursday, and running back Carlos Brown was nowhere to be found.

Brown did not practice Wednesday because of an undisclosed injury and his status for Saturday's game at Iowa is uncertain.

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez did not address Brown's injury on his radio show Thursday night

Rodriguez has said previously he favors an NFL-style injury report. He even proposed the Big Ten adopt such a measure at the conference meetings last spring.

In the NFL, teams can be fined for excluding injured players from their list.

Center David Molk (foot) and special-teams ace Zac Johnson (shoulder) were the only two players on Michigan's official injury report. Both are out this weekend.

"He's still got a lot of soreness there," Rodriguez said of Molk, who's missed the last two games. "We're going to take it week by week. It's only three weeks in, and the original prognosis was four to six, so hopefully we get a little bit more out of him next week and we'll see where he's at."

Rodriguez also acknowledged that safety Troy Woolfolk has been practicing at cornerback, but did not announce a starter at the right corner position. Woolfolk practiced with the first team on Wednesday. J.T. Floyd replaced Boubacar Cissoko in the starting lineup at the position last week.

"With our situation defensively, we’re trying to find our best combination back there at safety and corner," Woolfolk said. "And Troy gives us a little flexibility because he can play both pretty well."

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.


David Briegel

Sat, Oct 10, 2009 : 2:58 p.m.

He is out and he has a concussion from practice. Darn! Go Blue!


Fri, Oct 9, 2009 : 10:03 a.m.

Yeah the Brown injury is puzzling as to if he will play or not. Head injury? are we talking about a mild concussion or what? Wondering if they'll ever have minor and brown 100% healthy for a game......Good Luck Blue


Fri, Oct 9, 2009 : 9:40 a.m.

Brown is great, great news. We must run the ball -- and not with Tate doing the running. Iowa is a pivital game for us. Last year we had some great efforts: 1. 2nd half against Utah 2. 2nd half against Wisconsin 3. 1st half against PSU 4. 1st half against OSU 5. We lead against MSU 21 - 14 in the 3rd quarter 6. Finally a full game at Minnesota. UM has greatly improved from the 2008 season. The Iowa game is a chance to prove that this improvement is more than just QB Tate Forcier. Many other players must step up and we need a great team effort. Iowa is way over-rated and totally primed for the upset.


Fri, Oct 9, 2009 : 9:39 a.m.

It would not be good for Michigan if Brown can't play. But, Brandon Minor and Michael Shaw will need to step up and play really well. Minor's nagging injury has kept him from getting a lot of carries. But when he's in there and playing well, Michigan usually does well. Go Blue!


Fri, Oct 9, 2009 : 6:16 a.m.

No need to tip the opposition. There is nothing binding about this and you hint that something has been done wrong. A good reporter will tell us IF Iowa issues an injury report. Come on Birkett turn up the wick!


Thu, Oct 8, 2009 : 8:11 p.m.

Hopefully they all can play 60 minutes rather than 5! Need to come out ready to punch Iowa in the mouth and TAKE the game. Last week we came out so flat against an inferior team and paid dearly.


Thu, Oct 8, 2009 : 7:23 p.m.

Hopefully Brown can play.